Published: Thu, December 21, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Preston Stone

Apple is planning to unify iOS and Mac apps

Apple is planning to unify iOS and Mac apps

Apple's move is an effort to allow developers to expand iOS apps to Mac computers. Developers now need to create two different apps to offer their programs on all Apple hardware.

Apple now has two App Stores: an iPhone- and iPad-based App Store and a Mac App Store. This opens up new possibilities for Apple products, since there are no Macs that support touch or iOS devices that support mice.

But the latest iOS devices powered by Apple's A-series ARM processors have achieved CPU and GPU performance parity with some Intel Macs, conceivably enabling the company's tablets and phones to run desktop/laptop-caliber apps without stumbling. Apple is expected to roll out the tentpole feature with next fall's major iOS and macOS updates.

There are several factors driving growth in downloads and consumer spend, but the main reason is that users are spending more time with apps, according to Amir Ghodrati, director of market insights at App Annie. And that's why Apple is reportedly calling an audible.

The single app system means applications will be able to work with an iOS device and on a Mac computer, sources told Bloomberg.

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The apps would work with either a touchscreen or a mouse, much in the same fashion as Microsoft's Windows platform and apps now work.

The current emblem used in the iOS and macOS Apple's operating systems shows three sticks crossed in triangular form. By allowing developers to build unified apps, it expands the marketplace which is good for developers, consumers, and Apple.

Bringing parity to the apps across both platforms will surely be a boost for developers. Google has started going down the same road, bringing Android apps over to Chrome OS.

New app downloads - not including reinstalls or updates - approached 26 billion worldwide, the app specialist found. Thanks to all those downloads, total app revenue approached $17 billion, which represented a 28% annual increase.

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