Next year, Apple can allow developers to create universal applications that can work on both iOS and macOS. According to Bloomberg, such applications will be adapted to the platform on which they work. On the iPhone and iPad, you can manage them with your fingers, and on desktop computers and laptops – with a mouse or trackpad.
The report says that the plans of the Cupertino giant can change at any moment. Nevertheless, everything indicates that such applications will begin to appear in 2018. If this is the case, then the announcement should be expected from the June WWDC conference. The launch should take place in the autumn – usually at this time of year new versions of iOS and macOS are released.
Apparently, the plan is at the very initial stage of development. However, for Apple it can promise big changes. On macOS there are many good programs, but iOS in this regard is a much richer operating system. If the strategy is implemented, then many more high-quality applications will appear on the desktop OS.
However, it is not yet clear how this will work. Maybe macOS will emulate individual iOS elements. But it is possible that developers will still have to write code for two separate applications.
Something very similar to Microsoft tried to implement through the “Universal Windows Platform” (Universal Windows Platform). The company gives the opportunity to create applications that can work on desktop and mobile Windows, Xbox, HoloLens and even Surface Hub. But the system was not as popular as the Redmond company thought, largely because there are always one or several platforms that developers are not interested in.
source: The Verge