Apple is going to build on its plan on merging iOS and macOS apps this year. The company first announced its plans, codenamed Marzipan internally, at last year’s WWDC developer conference. It even shipped a couple of native iOS apps as part of macOS Mojave to give users a taste of what’s to come.
And at WWDC this year, the company is taking things further.
According to Bloomberg, Apple plans to release a new SDK for developers that will allow them to convert iPad apps to run on the Mac. The new kit will mean that iPad app developers like Netflix will be able to convert their existing iPad app to run on a Mac. The only limitation, however, is that developers will continue to have to release separate versions of their apps on the iOS and Mac App Stores for the time being.
Apple plans to expand the SDK to support iOS apps in 2020, though the company is currently struggling with problems surrounding the fact that iPhone apps are much harder to scale for the bigger screen of the Mac. And if the company really is planning to release a 16-inch MacBook Pro this year, that’s definitely going to be a problem.
Apple’s ultimate goal, however, is to combine all the different platforms and turn it into a single, universal App Store — much like Microsoft’s Universal Windows Platform in Windows 10. Cupertino plans to achieve this by 2021, allowing developers to make apps for iPhone, iPad, and Mac with a single code base, and submit them through a single, combined App Store.