Apple might combine iOS and Mac apps next year

Apple might combine iOS and Mac apps next year

The apps would be designed in such a way that they can work with a touchscreen, mouse and trackpad depending on which platform it is running. This will likely help bolster the offerings in their macOS App Store which is languishing behind its iOS sibling.

As it stands today, developers are tasked with creating separate apps for iOS and macOS.

The Bloomberg sources say Apple's plans are "fluid" and the App Store scheme could yet be canned.

Apple could soon release apps that work across iPhones, iPads and Mac computers, according to a Bloomberg report released Wednesday.

The Mac App Store is a ghost town of limited selection and rarely updated programs.

Apple now plans to begin rolling out the change as part of next fall's major iOS and macOS updates, said the people, who requested anonymity to discuss an internal matter.

Trump administration blames North Korea for 'WannaCry' ransomware
What the point of this blame will be remains uncertain, other than piling on amid rising tensions with North Korea. It also requires governments and businesses to cooperate to mitigate cyber risk and increase the cost to hackers.

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. For example, the Twitter app on iOS includes the latest features, while the Mac version has not seen a refresh recently.

It's worth noting that Microsoft tried a similar strategy with its Universal Windows Platform.

Unnamed people with knowledge of the secret project, codenamed "Marzipan", said it is "one of the tentpole additions for next year's Apple software road map".

An Apple spokesperson declined to comment. Apple has previously shied away from encouraging one-size-fit-all apps as a lowest-common-denominator solution. A universal app platform would go a long way toward bringing the two operating systems closer together.

The report did not specify whether the single app system would also work with other Apple devices, like the Apple Watch, Apple TV and the upcoming HomePod speaker. They also advised the iPhone and iPad users to avoid downloading or purchasing the game at all cost despite "Cuphead" not being available on the device.

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