Apple is reportedly merging iPhone, iPad, and Mac apps as early as next year

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  • Apple reportedly plans to combine its various apps across its platforms into universal apps that work on all devices, according to Bloomberg.
  • That would mean developers could make one app that works equally well on iPhones, iPads, and Macs.
  • Other companies like Microsoft and Google have tried to this, but it's proven to be challenging.

Apple plans to merge apps across all of its platforms starting next year, according to a new report from Bloomberg's Mark Gurman.

In the past, developers have been forced to create separate apps for iPhones, iPads, and Macs. But beginning in 2018, developers will be able to create a single app that works equally well on any device, according to Bloomberg.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

One reason for making this change may have to do with the Mac App Store. On average, Mac apps tend to be updated less frequently that their iPhone counterparts, or don't receive new features at the same time. Combining all versions of an app into a single, streamlined application would theoretically eliminate that issue.

But other tech giants have tried to do the same thing in years past. Both Microsoft and Google have attempted to build combined apps that work universally on all devices, but haven't seen much success. If Apple is able to successfully merge its apps, it would be pulling off a difficult feat.

The Next Smartphone by the BI Intelligence Research Team.
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