They didn't forget last years apps!
“We’ve looked at the design and features of some of those apps and said we can make this a bit more of a Mac experience through changes that are independent of the use of Catalyst, but are just design team decisions,” Federighi said. “When I read some of the initial reviews of those apps, people were saying, ‘Obviously this technology is causing them to do things that don’t feel Mac-like.’ Honestly, 90% of those were just decisions that designers made … People took that as ‘this feels iOS-y’ and therefore they thought it was a technology thing. Actually, it was a designer preference. So part of [the upgrade] is we said we’ve got to co-evolve with our user base around the aesthetics of the Mac experience. And so we made some adjustments to the apps.”
I’m very curious to see how good these apps will be. The technology is very solid at this point, allowing for almost perfect ports. While I don’t think the problems with last years ports were the designers’ faults, there is a lot of potential for design improvements.
We already saw some of the updates to the News apps at WWDC. Now we just have to hope Stocks and Voice Memos get just as much attention as the new Catalist apps.