Apple Could Soon Support Apps For Macs, iOS Devices


Apple might start to converge iOS and macOS in a big way next year by letting developers create a single app that runs across both platforms. Apple's new project should consequently make it feasible for more iOS developers to bring their applications to the Mac App Store, which now has a fairly limited selection.

Unifying the app layer of both iOS and macOS could also preface a move some anticipate Apple making down the road - building its own ARM-based chips for powering its notebook and desktop computers.

If this rumour holds true, it will take a while for apps to make the change. Application teams that wish to target both mobile and desktop users must now build a separate version of their software for each of Apple's operating systems. While Apple attempted to recreate the "walled garden" of iOS software on its desktop and notebook machines, developers have been more cautious, often opting instead to release in the more traditional manner rather than via the Cupertino firm's own download store. Apple's plans are still fluid, the people said, so the implementation could change or the project could still be canceled.

As part of the revamp, Apple also separated games, which brought some order to the App Store's offerings, and sought to give less flashy apps more room to stand out.

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Microsoft tried something similar with its Universal Windows Platform before bailing on its mobile strategy.

Potentially as early as next year, developers will reportedly be able to create a single application that can run across both iPhone and iPad, and Mac.

New macOS versions make their first debuts at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conferences in June, followed immediately thereafter by beta releases, with final versions shipping each Fall. A universal app platform would go a long way toward bringing the two operating systems closer together. Kon also demanded that Apple stop selling devices displaying the logo in question (which is, basically, any device with access to App Store) until judgement is delivered. Apple software chief Craig Federighi has called the blending of iOS and macOS "a compromise". But a unified platform was bound to happen, especially now that the company continues to invest in mobile computers like the iPad Pro and the modern Macbook.