Apple to unify iOS and macOS apps to form one single market? New unified apps could rollout in 2018

Apple to unify iOS and macOS apps to form one single market? New unified apps could rollout in 2018
Selecting and using apps from the Mac App Store does not offer Mac users the same experience that iOS users have when they use apps from the Apple App Store. In an attempt to change this, Apple is believed to be working on a way to present new unified apps that will work on both iOS and MacOS flavored devices. Sources familiar with Apple's plans say that  the company will come up with a way to allow developers to design a single app that will work on the iPhone, iPad and Mac. This could happen starting as soon as next year.

Developers currently have to work on two different versions of the same app in order to cover both iOS and MacOS. Apps designed for the latter have typically been neglected which explains how the same app with the same name can have different capabilities on your iPhone and your Mac. One example cited by Bloomberg is the Twitter apps for iOS and MacOS. The MacOS version missed several updates received by the iOS app, and does not offer the same feature set as the one used on the iPhone and iPod.

By offering universal apps for iOS and MacOS, Apple would be able to make sure that Mac users will have access to the latest version of apps. Make no mistake about it. This would potentially be a big deal as far as Apple and its users are concerned. App developer Steven Troughton-Smith says, "This would be the biggest change to Apple’s software platform since iOS was introduced." The developer also stated that offering unified apps would allow iOS and MacOS to "evolve and grow as one, and not one at the expense of the other."

source: Bloomberg



1. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Slowly but surely hypocritically eating up the rest of their "refrigerator toaster" words. Maybe we'll finally get a truly Pro iPad with continuum like functionality on macOS...that'll be the first true competition for devices like the Surface Pro, and they might even take it further with their own Continuum for phone. Go apple, make it happen.

3. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Well the iPhone's iOS would need to offer real multitasking and split screen multitasking for starters, first.

16. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

They'll definitely be copying that sooner or later, and won't be surprised if they restrict the ancient feature to some future iphone with some "3D Ram" RDF buzzword. Then and only then would the sheeple realize the uses after all these years of bahing "we don't have it, it's a gimmick"...

2. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Raising the bar as usual.....

5. Papa_Ji

Posts: 909; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

OF what... iCrap + iCrap = Bigger iCrap

7. path45th

Posts: 407; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

Apple productivity apps are some of the best around. I very often use Pages and Keynotes for my job and they’re working really well even on a small screen like the iPhone. iMovie is also very easy to edit a video from soneting like adding a soundtrack to a movie to more complex things. One of the reasons I ditched Android based phones was because of lack of such apps like iWork and iLife. It’s nice to hear that Apple tries to improve their apps by unifying them. What gives value to a device is actually apps to do something no gimmicks like changing themes ... so boring and useless.

8. tiz_meh

Posts: 81; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Following Google footsteps chromeos + android apps = 1 , Timcook is feeling the heat even in Christmas holiday lol.

9. hemedans

Posts: 762; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

you mean universal Apps from Microsoft?

13. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

ChromeOS is a joke. Have you seen that $1000 laptop that lets you browse the net and run unoptimized Android apps?

18. nodes

Posts: 1163; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

not even close. the closest thing to it i would say what Microsoft have been doing, but as you know it's still far from production-ready, and adoption rate is very VERY low.

12. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I really hope this won't degrade macOS apps quality

14. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3186; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

This will be a neat trick since MacOS doesn't support touch and iOS doesn't support mouse & keyboard.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Haha copying Microsoft again.....Apple you suck!

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