I’ve used Streaks on and off since its introduction. The app is a incredible solution to monitor and set up new habits. When it was launched, Streaks was iPhone-only. Since then, nonetheless, the app has added iPad help, an Apple Watch companion, Well being app and Shortcuts integrations, new customizations, and different options, all whereas sustaining its distinctive, brightly-colored UI and incredible iconography.
Right now’s replace provides Mac help to the combination by way of a model new Catalyst app. There are a couple of variations between the Mac app and its iOS and iPadOS counterparts, however in the event you already use Streaks on an present platform, the nearly-identical Mac model will really feel acquainted instantly.
By the identical token, newcomers who uncover Streaks on the Mac could have a tough time adapting to the app’s method. Modal views that slide into place from the underside of the display like an iOS app, ‘Accomplished’ buttons and customized controls to shut views, and glued window dimensions aren’t design parts usually discovered on the Mac.
Coming from utilizing the iOS app, although, the one place I discovered issues onerous to get used to was the ‘lengthy click on’ that replaces an extended press on iOS and iPadOS for finishing a job or getting into enhancing mode, for instance. On stability, although, I believe Streaks’ lengthy historical past and huge viewers on iOS largely negate the downsides of its atypical interactions.
By and huge, the performance of the Mac model of Streaks is similar because the iOS and iPadOS variations. Nevertheless, as you’ll count on, platform-specific settings that don’t make sense on a Mac, like Face ID and administration of the Apple Watch app, are lacking.
iCloud sync works effectively general, too, syncing behavior information, however not settings, operating timers, and themes, which can also be the case on the iPhone and iPad. Nevertheless, I’ve seen in my testing that the Mac model of Streaks is often sluggish to replace with modifications from iOS. Even so, the 2 variations didn’t keep out of sync lengthy because the apps coordinate their information each time the Catalyst app is reopened.
Streaks is a incredible addition to the Mac by advantage of its nature as an exercise tracker. It’s an app that fills a niche. If I don’t have my iPhone close by, there’s an excellent probability I’m engaged on my Mac or iPad. The inclusion of a Mac model of Streaks, just like the iPad help that got here earlier than it, reduces the friction of monitoring a brand new behavior I’m attempting to type, giving me even fewer excuses to not carry on high of my targets. In consequence, regardless that I don’t count on to make use of the Mac app as typically as Streaks on my iPhone, I’m glad I’ve that choice now.
For extra on Streaks, take a look at my opinions of the unique app, in addition to variations three and 4. Streaks for the Mac is accessible on the Mac App Retailer for $4.99.