Apple plans to unify iOS and MacOS – apps to work on both platforms starting 2018

- Adrian Ungureanu

This reminds me about Microsoft’s plans when they launched Windows 10 as the universal operating system. They kinda failed since on the smartphone market the Windows ecosystem is almost extinct.

But Apple might make it work. According to a Bloomberg report, Apple plans to give people a way to use a single set of apps that work equally well across its family of devices: iPhones, iPads and Macs.

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, according to people familiar with the matter.

Developers currently must design two different apps — one for iOS, the operating system of Apple’s mobile devices, and one for macOS, the system that runs Macs.

Apps developer Steven Troughton-Smith believes that unifying the apps could help the iOS and macOS platforms “evolve and grow as one, and not one at the expense of the other”. He said that this would be the biggest change to Apple’s software platform since iOS was introduced.

This also could mean that the two app stores might be unified or one of them (most likely the MacOS one) will be shut down. the iOS AppStore was redesigned this year, but the MacOS version hasn’t been touched since 2014.