This was confirmed during last year’s WWDC, where we saw Apple’s first universal apps in a preview. Now and through a new report, Mark Gurman assures that the final date for developers to publish their own universal apps is 2021.
According to Bloomberg, Apple plans to take the big step in two years. It appears to be a process that is taking a slow turn. During the past year, a first look at how they plan to do it and four simple examples were shown with Apple News, Voice Recorder, House and Stock Exchange. During this year and the next two still there are things to polish up before these first universal apps arrive to the App StoreMac App Store.
Apple is expected to release a new development kit during this year’s developers’ conference. The kit will allow developers to easily port applications from the iPad to the Mac. Something similar could happen in the future with iPhone apps. In short, this means writing most of the code only once and not twice or more for each of the platforms. However, developers will still have to publish two different apps even if they have the development kit that allows them to create more universal apps.
The thing to be clear about is that we won’t see identical apps in iOS and macOS . Many people believe that with the advent of universal apps we will see more simplified apps on the Mac to suit the possibilities of the iPhone and iPad. Not at all, what will be universal is the main and base code of the apps, the interface and the options will be different (whenever the developer wants) on each platform.
This is rather a tool that allows developers to create apps more easily for all platforms, reducing effort and gaining more stability in the development and maintenance of such apps. The result of universal apps? That many apps that until now were only available in iOS will reach macOS as well, since developers will have it very easy to port them.
Apple’s roadmap therefore has a new date: 2021 (probably summer 2021 with WWDC). This year we will see the new development kit, in 2020 new portability options and in 2021 the arrival of those first universal and third party apps at the Apple store for all users to download.