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Apple wants to merge apps for iPhones, iPads, and Macs by 2021; transition would begin at WWDC19

Who here remembers the Marzipan Project? We haven't talked about it in a while, but the idea of ??the project is to get developers to port iOS apps to macOS with as little effort as possible. The embryos of this project can already be seen in macOS Mojave: o News (News), the stock exchange (Stocks), the Voice Recorder (Voice Memos) and the House (Home) are direct adaptations of their counterparts to iOS. Today the Bloomberg gave more information about him.

Apple may already allow developers this year to bring their iPad applications to Mac computers through a new SDK that the company is most likely to present at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2019. You still need to submit separate versions of the app to iOS stores. and macOS, but the new kit neglects the need to write ?two different software for the same app?.

By 2020, the idea of ??expanding the kit and allowing apps for iPhones to be converted to Mac apps in the same way, and the reason for this iPhone transition later, has to do with the difficulty of Apple engineers making everything work because of iPhones are much smaller than Macs.

In 2021, it would finally be possible to write a single app for the iPhone, iPad and Mac, which we call "single binary". In practice, this means that the App Store and Mac App Store will basically merge, allowing any app to be downloaded on any platform.

According to Mark Gurman's sources, everything is still just plans that may well be changed by Apple according to need / difficulty. As always, such sources asked not to be identified as they are talking about private affairs; When asked about it, an Apple spokesman declined to comment.

What are the benefits of such a project? Simple: Today, for example, Netflix doesn't offer an app / player for Macs, and with this project you can make something native to MacOS very easily; Twitter, which left the Mac a year ago, could write a single app for all Apple devices.

Marzipan goes hand in hand with another Apple spindle project: today, iPhones / iPads are powered by Ma's own processors, while Macs run chips from Intel. As we have discussed several times here on the site, the idea of ??leaving Intel aside and using proprietary chips (we are currently on the A12X Bionic) also in computers something that could start as early as 2020. Still, Apple insists on the idea of that iOS and macOS are distinct systems and you don't think of a spindle of them.

In a related note, the Bloomberg also reported that WWDC19 will be the venue for the much anticipated iOS 13 Dark Mode and new productivity tools for the iPad. In addition, the company would be considering showing (though not providing full details) the new modular Mac Pro, expected sometime in 2019.

WWDC19 is scheduled for June 3-7 in San Jose, California.

via MacRumors