The service has been available through an iOS app since 2019 – the desktop and mobile apps have similar objectives. The company said the app has attracted more than a million downloads. With the native Mac app, which is compatible with Apple silicon, developers want to cater to professionals who work both at home and in the office.
Portal for Mac has over 80 environments to choose from, including high-quality looping videos captured by the company’s in-house team. The startup said it has used 12K cameras to capture some of the most scenic and peaceful environments in the world.
You can choose to have looping videos on the desktop or disable motion. In that case, you get a more traditional still background image. In addition, you can disable desktop icons so that you can only look at the landscape.
The environment also comes with natural background sounds compatible with spatial audio. In addition, Portal supports integrations with smart bulbs such as Philips Hue and Nanoleaf to tailor the bulbs to the environment you set.
Users can control the sound and motion or change the wallpaper from the menu bar icon. Since Portal is a native Mac app, it also integrates with Siri Shortcuts.
Portal’s app is available to anyone through the Mac App Store with a seven-day trial. After that, users will have to pay $9.99 per month or $49.99 per year. Alternatively, they can also purchase a lifetime license for a one-time fee of $249.99.