Mark Gurman (Hacker News, ArsTechnica, MacRumors):
The goal of the multistep initiative, codenamed "Maripan", is that by 2021, developers will be able to build an app once and make it work on iPhone, iPad and Mac computers, people who are familiar with the effort said.[…]
By 2020, Apple plans to expand the set so that iPhone applications can be converted to Mac apps in the same way. Apple engineers have found this challenging because iPhone monitors are so much smaller than Mac computer monitors.[…]
By 2021, developers will be able to merge iPhone, iPad and Mac applications into an app or what is called a single binary. "This means that developers do not have to submit their work to various Apple App Stores so that iOS apps can be downloaded directly from Macs ̵1; effectively combining the stores.
Sounds like the toaster fridge that Tim Cook has been doing fun with , just in software instead of hardware.
This is weird, it's the kind of thing that management dreams about, but which companies Apple should realize is a bad idea, they definitely need to provide tools To make app families work evenly across each platform, but more importantly, they need to segment the devices more, not less, the latest iPads are a good example of a device that has tremendous potential that is hamstrung by an OS and dev platform that doesn't really deliver a tablet-focused experience.
And then Mac loses what is to be its primary audience through unwanted innovations and otherwise stagnant hardware, and a lack of recognition of the importance of catering to Power users who might want an actual escape key, several types of ports and a keyboard that doesn't feel like it comes from a rejected tablet accessory.
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