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Apple May Combine iOS And Mac Apps In 2018

21 December, 2017, 01:26 | Author: Janis Wilson
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The Mac App Store is a ghost town of limited selection and rarely updated programs.

The idea of a universal platform is nothing new. It's a technology that was originally meant to let developers port their desktop applications to Windows Phone without a complete rewrite.

Inspiration for the feature undoubtedly comes from efforts brought forth by both Microsoft and Google.

A consolidated development workflow can reduce the amount of resources needed to release software for multiple platforms.

Bloomberg says its unsure whether Apple will merge the iOS App Store and Mac App Store to create a more unified experience, but at the very least, it seems likely. A company producing leather goods under the "iPhone" name has gone to court, claiming Apple can't have exclusive rights for the mark, which the Chinese manufacturer had officially registered.

Developers now have to develop apps separately for iOS and Mac.

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Reaction to the potential consolidation ranged all over the map.

The same approach hasn't worked almost as well on Apple's desktops and laptops. While Apple attempted to recreate the "walled garden" of iOS software on its desktop and notebook machines, developers have been more cautious, often opting instead to release in the more traditional manner rather than via the Cupertino firm's own download store.

It just remains to be seen whether or not this move by Apple of unifying binaries will prove to be fruitful for the end user.

By most accounts, the Mac App Store from Apple Inc.

Apple's app system changes would follow Microsoft. It's planned as part of next fall's iOS and Mac OS updates, according to Bloomberg's sources. Apple's plans are still fluid, the people said, so the implementation could change or the project could still be cancelled.

The report did not specify whether the single app system would also work with other Apple devices, like the Apple Watch, Apple TV and the upcoming HomePod speaker.


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