Apple tipped to merge Mac and iOS apps starting in 2018


Bloomberg has an interesting piece about Apple’s potential plans to bring its iOS and MacOS app ecosystems together.

“Starting as early as next year, software developers will be able to design a single application that works with a touchscreen or mouse and trackpad depending on whether it’s running on the iPhone and iPad operating system or on Mac hardware,” claimed its report.

“The secret project is planned as a multiyear effort that will start rolling out as early as next year and may be announced at the company’s annual developers conference in the summer.”

There would certainly be implications for music-streaming services and other music developers if this happens. Think about Spotify, for example, which currently releases its iOS app through Apple’s App Store (and makes no secret of its disgruntlement with Apple taking a share of its in-app subscription revenues while barring it from promoting direct subscriptions) but can distribute its desktop client directly to Mac owners.

A unified iOS/MacOS app might be interesting from the point of view of unifying development, but a scenario where all MacOS apps have to go through the App Store ecosystem would cause more unrest.

But to be clear: the plans for merging Apple’s two worlds remain speculation at this point, let alone the rules it would make governing companies operating across them.

Stuart Dredge

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