Apple has long stated their desire for iOS and macOS to remain separate from one another. This is versus the strategy that Microsoft had employed with Windows, where they have more or less unified the experience on tablets, laptops, and desktops. However, it seems that Apple could be taking a page out of Google’s book.
According to a report from 9to5Mac, they have revealed that come WWDC 2020, Apple could announce some improvements to Marzipan which would make porting apps from iOS to macOS a lot easier, which could mean that we could start to see more iOS apps find their way onto macOS. This is similar to what Google has done with Android and Chrome OS.
For those unfamiliar, Marzipan is a project Apple is working on that will allow Mac computers to natively run UIKit-based iOS apps. The report claims that Apple is improving on the feature where porting apps over will be considerably easier, and where they can even take advantage of certain Mac hardware features like the Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro.
This process is said to be as simple as checking a box in the settings during the development process, similar to how developers would add iPad support for an iPhone-only app. WWDC 2020 is currently scheduled for the 3rd of June, 2020, so we expect we will learn more about Apple’s plans then.
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