Rumor: Cross-Platform iOS and macOS Apps to Release Next Year
Reportedly, Apple is working on a large overhaul of its development tools for iOS and macOS apps, allowing for universal and cross-platform apps. Daring Fireball, an Apple-focused blog who has proven to be reliable with rumors in the past, reports this based on information from insiders.
Apparently, Apple is focusing on creating declarative development tools, meaning that it would easier to build applications for both iOS and macOS without focusing on the user interface. The insider sources have reported that information on these combined tools is rather scarce. The UIKit and AppKit interfaces will be able to operate on both operating systems.
It appears that this cross-platform app functionality will be made available with the release of iOS 13 and the concurrent release of macOS. Bloomberg previously claimed that Apple has been working on universal apps for a long time, and was aiming for a release in 2018.
However, the many problems with iOS 11 may have delayed Apple’s plans for a cross-platform app future. The company delayed a number of new features that were supposed to present in iOS 12, in order to fix bugs and improve the user experience in iOS 11. The battery controversy and HomeKit safety issues in iOS 11 were just a few of those problems that Apple faced.