Apple Announces Plans to Introduce iOS Apps to Macs

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Some exciting news for owners of new and used Apple computers. Apple announced this week that it intends to bridge iOS and macOS as a new breed of apps come into play that will work with inter-platform functionality (kind of). At the 2018 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple revealed a suite of fresh Mac apps including the following:

  • Home
  • News
  • Stocks
  • Voice Memos

Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi went on to state that they have all been ported from their iOS counterparts. This all comes in conjunction with a new UIkit (A lightweight and modular front-end framework for developing fast and powerful web interfaces) which Apple has taken from its iOS side and integrated as part of the macOS AppKit.

While iOS and macOS apps remain slightly different, they do still share a lot of the same underlying fundamentals; these elements include such basic features as:

  • Drag and drop
  • Copy and paste
  • Window resizing

Make no mistake though; this is all still in its infancy, Federighi noted, which would explain the delay, and why Apple’s dev team first wanted to experiment using some of its own apps.

At the point at which Apple is ready to offer it out to third-party developers, the functionality could signify big things for macOS as it would swiftly populate the desktop scene with native apps that come complete with the look and feel of their iOS equivalents.

Some are suggesting that this move could end up making the Mac App Store much more reminiscent of the bustling world of the App Store on iOS, and less like what is it at present, with some users feeling it’s kind of redundant.

Just to clear something up before anyone gets too excited though; Apple has no intention to merge iOS and macOS. Observations have been made in the past when Google and Microsoft attempted comparable approaches. For example, there are some Chromebooks that can run Android apps, though the experience is all too often lacklustre, largely down to the fact that they were initially designed to run on displays that are mobile phone-sized.

Apple could well go one step beyond and surprise us all though, and with two long-standing, successful operating systems in place, Apple will always be aiming to outdo their rivals. Watch this space!

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