Apple app developers will soon no longer have to submit separate editions for Apple’s three different formats, iPhone, iPad and Mac.
Bloomberg is reporting that the Cuppertino, California based tech giant has plans in place to streamline app development in the future so that developers can send single content code to one source for all three devices, eliminating the complications that come with segmenting apps.
By implementing “Marzipan”, the codename for the app standardization initiative, Apple hopes to encourage development of apps while boosting its own revenue by hosting those apps in its store.
The initiative starts later this year as developers will be able to port iPad apps to Mac computers thanks to a software development kit it plans to launch at its June Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC.) Next year, Apple will allow iPhone app makers to port their content to Mac apps as well. By 2021, developers will be able to create one app for all three modes of Apple devices.
Apple staffers did not further comment to Bloomberg about the company’s plans, which are not concrete and may change.
Making it easier for creators to make one app for all Apple devices is big news for startups because many new companies base their products and services on mobile apps, web and software based platforms. And creating three different codes for different devices is expensive and time-consuming (especially since most startups also must create different Android and Windows apps as well.)
WWDC 2019 is scheduled to begin June 3-7 in San Jose, California.