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

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

Apple is running a secret project, condenamed Marzipan, which will allow developers to build a single app that will work Apple's smartphone, tablet and computing devices. But of course, at the same time, it'll make the Mac an even more worthwhile place to be at as you can freely download and install apps without thinking about compatibility.

Bloomberg sources say the universal functionality will be aimed at boosting the barren wasteland that is the Mac App Store. Right now, developers have to create apps for both platforms, forcing developers to make a decision of whether or not to maintain two different apps.

As per usual, Apple declined to comment on the report.

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Apple's vision is similar to what Microsoft Corp. tried to achieve with the Universal Windows Platform.

Common apps, possibly with a single App Store, could go a long way towards helping improve the situation in the Mac App Store, which has not done almost as well in terms of consumer reception and library of offerings compared to its iOS counterpart. But beginning in 2018, developers will be able to create a single app that works equally well on any device, according to Bloomberg. Apple's plans are still fluid, the people said, so the implementation could change or the project could still be canceled. For example, the Twitter app on iOS includes the latest features, while the Mac version has not seen a refresh recently. Expected to begin rolling out in the next major iOS and macOS updates, themselves likely to be released next fall, it would be one of the most significant changes to Apple's platforms in years.

Apple could be looking to bring its desktop and mobile software much closer together. This sucks up resources and often means that one version of an app lags behind the other in terms of features. Google took an alternative approach, bringing Android app support and the Google Play Store to Chrome OS. However, said iOS apps on Mac would rely on mouse and keyboard navigation in lieu of a touchscreen, something Apple remains hesitant to include on Mac computers.

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