At the Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference held today, Craig Federighi, SVP, Software Engineering, declared Apple will be bringing the finest of the iPhone to the Mac. But, of course, this will not happen immediately, Federighi essentially said. He called this a multiyear project, adding the first iOS apps Apple will bring to macOS will be made by Apple.
“There are millions of iOS apps out there, and some of them would be great on the Mac,” Federighi said.
It’s significant to understand that Apple will not be fusing the two operating systems. In fact, Federighi started the announcement by stating very clearly that they will continue to be detached products. Right now, the first part of the project is to bring original iOS apps and basic frameworks to macOS. Because macOS uses AppKit and iOS uses UIKit, porting apps between the systems is not trivial.The first step Federighi stated was getting an iOS framework in place in macOS so iOS apps work like they should in a desktop environment: trackpad support, window resizing and the like.
The first iOS apps to be available for macOS will come from Apple later this year. This will include the basic apps, Stocks, News, Home and Voice Memos. These apps might have the same in general look and function as their mobile versions but key user interactions will have to be updated for the desktop environment.Developers will get their hand on this feature in 2019 and it’s clear even from this distance that bringing the best of iOS to macOS could revive the app ecosystem over the coming years.
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