Apple Seeks To Unify iOS and macOS Application Development
Apple is reportedly working on a major change to the way apps work for iOS and macOS. The company is reportedly planning on allowing developers to create universal apps which work on both iOS and macOS platforms unifying the two operating systems which run the Apple’s mobile and desktop products.
Such an approach could go a long way towards improving the macOS App Store. While the iOS App Store is home to thousands upon thousands of regularly updated apps, the macOS version is much more barren and often features applications that are many months out of date.
Part of this is due to the fact that app developers are currently forced to develop two separate apps for each operating system. Beyond that, the popularity of the iPhone and iPad likely incentive developers to focus on the mobile platforms at the expensive of Apple’s desktop and notebook products.
Apple is likely hoping to change all of that starting next year when developers will be able to simultaneously develop apps which work on the touchscreen iOS products and the mouse/keyboard-based macOS products. Exactly how Apple intends to do this remains unknown though it will likely have to do with its developer language Swift.
Regardless of how it is accomplished, there are many within Apple’s community who would welcome the change because it would allow app developers to create products for both platforms.
“This would be the biggest change to Apple’s software platform since iOS was introduced,” Steven Troughton-Smith, a longtime app developer, told Bloomberg.
Codenamed “Marzipan,” the project is being planned as part of Apple’s next major software update and is expected to start sometime next year. However, the implementation may take several years before it is completed.
While there are many challenges to going this route, it has been done before. Before ultimately giving up on Windows Mobile, Microsoft created Universal Windows Apps which allowed developers to create apps which ran on the mobile and desktop version of Windows 10. Google has also done something similar with its Chrome browser extensions.
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