Apple may let the same app work on across iOS and Macs

Apple may let the same app work on across iOS and Macs

The idea, according to Gurman, is similar to Microsoft's universal Windows app strategy, which allows developers to create a single application that can adapt to both touchscreen tablets and phones as well as desktop computers that use a mouse and keyboard.

The store was designed after its iOS App Store, and Apple no doubt hoped it would catch on in a similar way.

Are there changes in store for the Mac App Store? That's a lot more work. 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.

Developers now have to develop apps separately for iOS and Mac.

Seven years after Apple released the original iPad, choosing the iPhone's pared-down operating system over the Mac's robust version, the company apparently plans to merge the separate platforms' apps into unified iOS and macOS binaries.

Bloomberg says, "The secret project, codenamed, 'Marzipan, ' is one of the tentpole additions for next year's Apple software road map". This would allow developers to focus on creating a single app rather than trying to maintain features and fixes across two apps, benefitting neglected Mac apps such as Twitter.

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An Apple spokesperson declined to comment.

Apple could be looking to bring its desktop and mobile software much closer together.

The report did not specify whether the single app system would also work with other Apple devices, like the Apple Watch, Apple TV and the upcoming HomePod speaker.

Would you welcome universal Apple apps? The search engine company brought the Playmobile app store to some laptops running on desktop Chrome OS.

New app downloads - not including reinstalls or updates - approached 26 billion worldwide, the app specialist found. Thanks to all those downloads, total app revenue approached $17 billion, which represented a 28% annual increase.

That said, a more seamless cross-device experience would be a great for users.

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