Apple Is Reportedly Preparing a Way to Unify Mac and iOS Apps

21 December, 2017, 01:28 | Author: Juana Mckenzie
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Developers will be able to design a single app that works as well with a touchscreen as it does with a mouse and trackpad. Often this results in iOS apps getting more attention than macOS apps.

Bringing parity to the apps across both platforms will surely be a boost for developers.

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The Mac App Store is a ghost town of limited selection and rarely updated programs. 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. The faithful core of Mac users has been saying for a while now that they've been neglected by Apple as iOS devices have made the company into a massive juggernaut.

Apple isn't in a position to ditch the Mac platform because it's still more capable than iOS on the iPhone and iPad. The company is working on building a unified platform for apps that work across iPhones, iPads, and Macs - just like Microsoft's Universal Windows Platform in Windows 10. Back in the Windows Phone days, the former introduced the Universal Windows Platform that would let developers release a single application that could then run on laptops, phones, tablets, and PCs. It would also be beneficial to developers who would be able to get their apps in front of more people without putting in the extra work of creating a separate desktop version of their service. Apple has previously shied away from encouraging one-size-fit-all apps as a lowest-common-denominator solution.

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If Apple does plan to go ahead on its "Marzipan" plan, we could hear about it as soon as next year's World Wide Developer Conference. Google took an alternative approach, bringing Android app support and the Google Play Store to Chrome OS. The system allows users to run mobile device app like Instagram and Snapchat on computers. On the iPad, the same app can be used in different layouts depending on how it is being presented, full-screen or in Split View multitasking.

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