Apple Could Combine iPhone, iPad, and Mac Apps: Here's How

21 December, 2017, 01:28 | Author: Shannon Newton
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Developers now must design two different apps - one for iOS, the operating system of Apple's mobile devices, and one for macOS, the system that runs Macs.

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. Developers now need to create two different apps to offer their programs on all Apple hardware. 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. For many developers, the Mac App Store is of secondary importance to the standard App Store.

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With the would-be change, Apple is hoping the success of its mobile app business will rub off on its stagnant desktop app marketplace.

There are several factors driving growth in downloads and consumer spend, but the main reason is that users are spending more time with apps, according to Amir Ghodrati, director of market insights at App Annie. 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.

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In the past, developers have been forced to create separate apps for iPhones, iPads, and Macs. It's uncertain whether developers could still opt to create applications exclusively for one platform: that would likely be more of concern to those behind desktop software, which might be unsuitable to either mobile device displays or the processing power available in a smartphone or tablet.

Potentially as early as next year, developers will reportedly be able to create a single application that can run across both iPhone and iPad, and Mac. The plan itself is likely to be announced in the summer next year at Apple's annual developers' conference. A single universal app could result in better feature parity.

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An Apple spokesperson declined to comment. Kon also demanded that Apple stop selling devices displaying the logo in question (which is, basically, any device with access to App Store) until judgement is delivered. The search engine company brought the Playmobile app store to some laptops running on desktop Chrome OS. Chief executive officer Tim Cook has resisted doing so, arguing that merging iOS and macOS would degrade the experience. The system allows users to run mobile device app like Instagram and Snapchat on computers. Apple software chief Craig Federighi has called the blending of iOS and macOS "a compromise".

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