I own SkySafari 6 Pro for the Mac, and SkySafari 7 Pro on my iPad. I noticed that the recent update of the iPad version has been updated to allow it to run on the Mac as a Catalyst app. I just gave it a try, and frankly, it's much more of a pain to use on the Mac than the native Mac version. It's been my experience with iPad apps running on a M1/M2 Mac under catalyst is a poor user experience. The iPad version was designed around a touch interface, and it just doesn't translate well to a mouse/trackpad interface. The Mac also has a lot more screen real estate that is going to waste. I much prefer the Mac native version with its icon bar at the top and the side panel to input stuff as opposed to pop up windows to enter stuff.
My question is this the approach for the Mac going forward? There was some talk a year or two ago about a Mac native version of SkySafari 7, but it seems it's been shelved. Is this the approach going forward for Mac support. If so, I'm going to start looking for an alternative for the Mac, as I find running non-trivial iPad app on the Mac to be next to useless.
My biggest frustration with the Mac SkySafari 6 app is that it's not Apple Silicon native. The startup time for SkySafari on my maxed out M1 Max Macbook Pro is terrible. It's easily the slowest app to startup on my machine. I'm not sure if that's due to running under Rosetta, but my other old Intel based apps don't seem to have the slow startup problem after the initial run which Rosetta translates the app.