Apple on Monday announced plans to allow developers to easily port their iOS apps to macOS, but don’t take this as a sign that iOS and macOS are merging. Far from it.
Unfortunately, the feature won’t be available to developers until next year, which means consumers will have to wait another year until they see their favorite apps available on the MacBook Pro.
For now, Apple said News, Stocks, Voice Memos, and Home are just a taste of what’s to come in the future. The company said it’s going to perform more internal testing before developers can get their hands on the tools to bring their own apps to the Mac App Store (which, by the way, has been redesigned).
It will be interesting to see how this will change the Mac environment because the Mac App Store has always felt like an afterthought. It will also be interesting to see what kind of restrictions Apple will have on developers when apps are moved over. Is this open to games? Photo editing apps?
We’ll find out how this all shakes out over the next several months.