Mac OS applications

Discussion in 'macOS' started by MadeByApple, Jun 10, 2016.

  1. MadeByApple macrumors regular

    Oct 8, 2015
    why doesn't Apple allow iOS run on Mac OS instead of making developers create a separate app for Mac.

    I feel like they could make it easier for everyone if iPad apps could run natively on Mac.

    Mac hardware is more than capable of handling it.
  2. mildocjr macrumors 65816

    Different processor architecture??? My guess is that they are headed towards that slowly, they are already forcing developers to sandbox their apps which is the first step in unifying the app stores.
  3. ardchoille50 macrumors 68020

    Feb 6, 2014
    iOS is designed to function with a touch interface, which isn't present on a Mac. Apple would have to either redesign iOS to fully function with external input devices or redesign OS X to fully function with a touch interface. Apple has already stated that they don't plan to merge iOS and OS X.
  4. Oliverhay macrumors member


    Mar 25, 2012
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Yea, makes sense.
    However, it would be nice if it was easier to transition apps to the mac. There are so many apps for news websites ect on my phone that i'd love to be available on my mac. Offline reading, nice interface ect compared to their web offering.

    I was quite interested to see how the windows 8 desktop apps went because I thought there was a use case for simple apps like that.
  5. mildocjr macrumors 65816

    That's another aspect I didn't think about, both touch and accelerometer, the devs would have to check the architecture before they submitted it. The reason why Microsoft can do it is because they've built a backend to the process that can translate the code (if not already divided out) between platforms. Apple hasn't done that yet, and even though it's said that Apple has no plans to merge iOS and OS X, they've said things like this in the past and then did it. (Stylus, bigger iPhones)
  6. Jyby macrumors 6502

    May 31, 2011
    There are lots of APIs, snippits of code that makes app development easier, that are currently exclusive to iOS. One big one is uiKit, Apples global iOS implementation for GUIs and non-gaming graphics. It's currently iOS only which means developers have to reprogram parts of their code inorder to get it working on Mac.

    I've got a feeling Apple is going to level the playing field this year at WWDC, along with new app guidlines so developers can't release awkward iOS apps on Mac. The vision is likely the same as Microsofts, but Apples approach is different for many reasons.
  7. mildocjr macrumors 65816

    I'm pretty excited for today, even if they don't make anything ground breaking, I like to see what Apple's been cooking up in the lab. I can only hope that they make some under-the-hood adjustments towards their App ecosystem and provide better porting tools between their platforms, I'm not saying code the App for me, but at least handle the backend stuff.
  8. Jyby macrumors 6502

    May 31, 2011
    I think we can expect some cool things for macOS. But more towards whats sucessful on iOS. HealthKit, HomeKit etc. Its about time a continuous experience reach Apps that leverage iOS APIs
  9. besler3035 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 29, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI
    Because then you'd get the abomination that was Windows 8.
  10. mildocjr macrumors 65816

    Even Siri got in on the Windows bashing. Great keynote.
  11. Qot macrumors newbie


    May 14, 2016
    We don't believe in having one operating system for PC and mobile... these operating systems do different things. We have no intention to blend them.
    – Tim Cook

    iOS from its start has been designed as a multi-touch experience — you don’t have the things you have in a mouse-driven interface, like a cursor to move around, or teeny little ‘close’ boxes that you can’t hit with your finger. The Mac OS has been designed from day one for an indirect pointing mechanism. These two worlds are different on purpose, and that’s a good thing — we can optimize around the best experience for each and not try to mesh them together into a least-common-denominator experience.
    – Phil Schiller

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