Saturday, 20 January, 2018

Apple is reportedly working to enable universal iOS and Mac apps

Apple may let the same app work on across iOS and Macs Apple Could Combine iPhone, iPad, and Mac Apps: Here's How
Pete Mitchell | 21 December, 2017, 01:26

Developers will be able to design a single app that works as well with a touchscreen as it does with a mouse and trackpad.

This is big news for a couple of reasons, the first is because while the iOS App Store has flourished the same can not be said about the Mac App Store which isn't as popular with developers. This will be a huge step for the Mac app ecosystem especially, as it should make it easier for third-party developers to maintain one app that runs on iOS and Macs. As Bloomberg points out, Twitter's iOS apps are often immediately updated with the latest features, whereas its Mac app often languishes far behind. 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. Because this is all so tentative, it's also possible that the decision makers at Apple could change their minds and cancel this endeavor entirely.

Apple could be looking to bring its desktop and mobile software much closer together. This would give time over the summer for third-party developers to adopt the new APIs to enable truly cross-platform apps.

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. Now Apple plans to change that by giving people a way to use a single set of apps that work equally well across its family of devices: iPhones, iPads and Macs.

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As per usual, Apple declined to comment on the report.

This news comes from a Bloomberg report, which claims the secret project, codenamed Marzipan, is a major part of Apple's 2018 software roadmap.

Developers now have to develop apps separately for iOS and Mac. The search engine company brought the Playmobile app store to some laptops running on desktop Chrome OS. They also advised the iPhone and iPad users to avoid downloading or purchasing the game at all cost despite "Cuphead" not being available on the device.

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