Apple Reportedly Still Planning to ‘Allow iPad Apps to Run on Macs’ This Year

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Back in December of last year, it was reported that Apple was planning for a big change: Combining iPhone, iPad, and Mac apps for a more “unified user experience“.

Since then, though, a slightly different approach has been reported for Apple in 2018, with a bigger focus on software stability and user experience. It was recently reported that Apple was already planning on delaying a few key features it originally intended to debut with iOS 12, so that it can focus on “performance and stability,” rather than new features.

A subsequent report suggested that while watchOS and tvOS would not fall into this same update strategy in 2018, the same idea was being implemented for macOS — but to a slightly lesser degree. Now, Axios sheds some light on what that might mean, and it sounds like Apple still intends to bridge the gap between iOS and macOS apps.

According to the new report, Apple still intends to “allow iPad apps to run on Macs”, suggesting that the framework for this feature is still in place with a planned debut in 2018. Details on the movement are still light, with most details revealed last month in the initial report pointing to an API being launched by Apple this year — probably during the Worldwide Developers Conference, which will take place in June.

At the time, it was described as a way for developers to create a single app, which could be interacted with by the end user on either a touchscreen or with a keyboard or trackpad. And while the big focus is on third-party app support, of course Apple’s own first-party offerings would lead the charge in this new endeavor.

At least for macOS, it sounds like Apple will have one major new feature to announce, even as it puts a primary focus on improving the overall software quality at the same time.

Our Take

This is good news, if for no other reason than it will give the masses of Mac users out there something to look forward to. Will one feature, even if it’s massive in scope, be enough to get Mac users excited about the next version of the desktop operating system? After all, Apple wants folks to upgrade. Maybe the prospect of a far more stable OS and the inclusion of iOS apps will be enough to sway Mac owners.

[via Axios]