Apple Will Reportedly Allow iPad Apps to Run on Mac This Year


We’re less than a month away from WWDC where Apple will debut a suite of new updates for its various operating systems. Today, Bloomberg published a lengthy report detailing three of those upgrades: iOS 13, watchOS 6, and macOS 10.15. With this article, we’ll be focusing on macOS 10.15 and its marquee feature: iPad apps.

According to Bloomberg, Apple will utilize its Marzipan technology to allow developers to use the underlying code of their iPads apps and bring them to the Mac with macOS 10.15. This will open a world of new possibilities for the Mac App Store which hasn’t exactly been that popular in recent years. With this functionality, the Mac will instantly gain millions of new apps that it can run, and developers won’t have to worry about developing a new app from scratch. They will have to release it separately for the Mac and recompile it, but those are small tasks that can be done in a matter of hours.

Bloomberg notes that after Apple releases this functionality later this year, the next steps would be bringing over iPhone apps to the Mac. They could debut on macOS next year. After that, Apple may even merge all the various App Stores together into a single storefront available across devices. This is looking into the pretty distant future, mind you, but it could very well happen if Apple sticks to this roadmap.

macOS 10.15 will also bring a slew of other features to the Mac. We broke them down below.

  • A new Podcasts app based on the iPad version will be introduced.
  • A new app that combines Find My iPhone and Find My Friends will be introduced alongside a version for iOS 13.
  • A standalone Apple Music app will be introduced.
  • Screen Time, iMessage effects and stickers, and Siri Shortcuts will arrive on the Mac.
  • The Reminders app will get redesigned.
  • Apple Books will get revamped with new features.

You can read Bloomberg‘s full report here.

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