A program for one platform can work on another.
In 2021, Apple plans to introduce cross-platform for macOS and iOS applications. As planned by the company, it stimulates the development of programs that will increase the usefulness of gadgets and profits. This was reported by Bloomberg, citing sources close to Apple.
According to the publication’s interlocutors, the code project called “Marzipan” involves several stages. The first stage will begin at the end of 2019 and will allow developers to port applications for iPads to macOS.
How Apple will introduce cross-platform for iOS and macOS applications
- 2019 – at WWDC 2019, the company will present a special tool for translating iPad applications to macOS. Developers still have to publish applications in separate stores, but they don’t have to write code twice;
- 2020 – developers will be allowed to port applications for iPhones to Macs without additional development. This feature is introduced later, because Apple engineers need time to solve the problem with small screens of iPhones;
- 2021 – developers can write one application that will work on iPhones, iPads and Macs. The program will not need to be downloaded to individual stores: they will be combined into a single App Store.
As the interlocutors of the publication explained, the plans are preliminary and may change. Apple declined to comment.
In Bloomberg noted that each application brings Apple revenue, so she is interested in simplifying their development. The company receives money from developer accounts, as well as from all purchases and subscriptions within applications.
The emergence of cross-platform will allow developers to expand the audience of their services without additional costs, and users – to get applications that for some reason were not on the platform. For example, at the end of 2019, Netflix could translate its iPad application into a version for macOS, like Twitter.
Bloomberg first reported on the possible merging of platforms in December 2017. Then it was a question of integrating systems, but soon Tim Cook refuted such plans, saying that this is “not what users want.”
Apple is not the first company that decided to combine applications into a single ecosystem. Before Microsoft closed the mobile division, the company introduced the Universal Windows Platform technology, which allowed developers to create one application that worked on all Windows-based devices. In 2016, Google added an Android application store to its Chrome OS desktop.