I have a new M1 Mac Mini running Ventura. I downloaded a few of my iPad apps to see them work, and they now appear on the Applications folder and in the launchpad.

The question is how can I distinguish between iOS apps and other macOS apps?

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As far as I can tell, all & only iPhone/iPad apps have a "Touch Alternatives" option in their Settings or Preferences (can be opened with Cmd+,).

You can also always pull up the app on the App Store and "Open" from there under either "Mac Apps" or "iPhone & iPad Apps."

Note: I am currently on Ventura (macOS 13.0.1).

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