Apple is looking to take app development to the next level by making it extremely simple to develop software for all of its major platforms. According to Bloomberg, the Marzipan initiative will make it possible to turn iPad apps into Mac apps this year, and by 2021 that will work across all of Apple’s major platforms, including iPhone.
The Marzipan initiative isn’t exactly breaking news for anyone who reports on Apple or is involved in the development of products and apps for Apple’s platform.
The Cupertino-based business introduced Marzipan at least year’s WWDC gather and showcased some of its power. If you have used a Mac running macOS Mojave and have interacted with the Home or News app then you have already used a Marzipan app as both of those are essentially ports of Apple’s iOS apps.
With this next step in the multi-year plan, Apple will look to introduce a developer-facing SDK at this year’s WWDC in June which would allow developers to build iPad apps which could instantly be ported to macOS when built with that SDK.
In fact, using the Marzipan SDK, it’s being suggested that those apps would be iPad/Mac universal creations, created in a similar fashion to how developers create universal apps now which are built for iPhone and iPad with a single binary. Craig Federighi spoke during WWDC 2018 to confirm that Marzipan would be available to developers in 2019 so it’s hardly a shocking revelation that it will still be the case.
Once that has rolled out and is embedded in the development community, Apple is expected to extend the platform to allow iPhone apps to undergo the same Marzipan treatment to operate as cross-platform creations.
The same article is also suggesting that Apple is currently weighing up the pros and cons of giving the audience a sneak peek at its new high-end Mac Pro during WWDC. Given that the Mac Pro is predominantly aimed at developers, it would seem like the company has the right audience in the right place and that WWDC would be the perfect opportunity to show off this machine.
Those in attendance, of course, will also get access to an initial preview of iOS 13, which is said to include an official Dark Mode, new iPad-specific features, and inclusions aimed at overhauling productivity.
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