Apple could soon begin the process to combine both iOS and macOS apps into one, which would allow developers to create one app that runs on both platforms. This is according to a recent report from Bloomberg, which states that the company has been working out an option to let their developers create apps that automatically gets adjusted to whichever OS they are running on, whether it would be on an iPhone, iPad, or a Mac.
Moreover, the report notes that there could be always a change in the plan, but it seems to be that the combined apps feature may become available next year. If this happens, Apple is likely to announce this in June at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference and after that introduce it in the fall, when the new versions of iOS and macOS are typically unveiled.
Although, Apple is still has a long way to go if they want to attempt such a crossover integration. Additionally, this merger could mark a big deal for the company, as the Mac has been known for to have a great ecosystem of apps, alongside iOS for being one of the largest platforms that are being used currently. Allowing developers to make one app for both platforms would make the process faster and easier for future updates, alongside the possibility of expanding the catalog of apps on both platforms.
Now, one really big question arises is that how all this is going to work. As of now, it is still not clear whether macOS will replace portions of iOS, or if the developers have to code two different apps for it, but we will find out soon enough.
Rumours tell us that Microsoft is also trying to do this same exact thing with Universal Windows Platforms apps for a while now, where it allows developers to create their apps and run across on Windows, Xbox, and even the Surface Hub. Now, Google has also started to go on the same road bringing Android apps over to Chrome OS.