A New Report from Bloombergs Mark Gurman suggests that Apple is seriously looking at combining apps over iOS and MacOS App Stores. The iPhone manufacturer plans to expand Project Marzipan, a multi-step initiative that allows developers to create an app that works on iPhone, iPad and Mac devices. Apple can reveal the first steps of this program as early as June 201
We first heard about marzipan back in 2017, but this is the first hint on Apple's preliminary timetable for deployment and application. The company can debut an SDK later this year that will allow developers to send iPad apps to Macs. Although developers still have to submit two separate apps to the iOS App Store and the Mac App Store, the SDK makes it so that developers just have to write the underlying code once.
By next year, Apple plans to expand the SDK to include iPhone apps, which means developers can send iPhone apps to Macs in the same way. By 2021, developers may be able to merge iPhone, iPad, and Mac apps, and create one application that works on all of these Apple devices (what is called "single-binary" in the report). At this stage, developers do not have to send multiple versions of apps to different app stores, and Apple may merge their separate stores into a versatile app store.
According to "people familiar with the effort" Apple can change their plans at any time. Reported is that one of the most difficult parts of the program transfers iPhone apps to the Mac because of the screen size between the two devices.
Although developers have not had access to any marzipan related at this time, Apple even tested the idea in MacOS Mojave. It brought a few traditional iOS applications – Home, News, Stocks and Voice Notes to Macs, so users got a glimpse of how such a transition would look. The final programs look surprisingly like a mash-up of Mac apps and iPad apps working in landscape mode, with support for Mac-specific controls such as scrolling, right-clicking, the touch bar, and more.
Roll-out of marzipan, even if it takes longer than expected, it will be beneficial for both developers and Apple as a whole. Developers' lives get easier when they just have to submit a version of their apps and make them work on Apple's most used devices. While the iOS App Store is hugely popular, the Mac App Store is smaller, partly because some developers have only made their apps available on Apple's mobile devices.
The move makes sense for Apple as the company shifts to focus more on services. Combining app stores and getting apps to work seamlessly across their mobile devices, and computers will likely increase app downloads and sales overall. The future App Store with Marzipan, along with other services such as iCloud, Apple Music and its upcoming TV streaming service, will contribute to Apple's goal of increasing its service business (which hit $ 10 billion in revenue at the end of the 2018 fiscal year).
In addition to the first public notes on marzipan, Apple may consider a product announcement for WWDC in June. Bloomberg's report suggests that the company may debut a new version of the Mac Pro in June, but it's not confirmed. WWDC is not the product launch show, but Apple can reveal a new version of Mac Pro and clear a release date later this year.