WWDC: Apple Brings iPhone Apps to Mac
by Jim Lundy
The Apple Worldwide Developer Conference starts today and has been met with a lot of unfounded speculation on the possibility of new devices. However, what will be announced is the new capability to run iPhone Apps on a Mac.
XCode was leaked, which is the development language used for developing iOS Apps that run on MacOS. There are many implications regarding this move. First, the Mac will have more apps that users will be able to take advantage of. When recompiled, it could mean millions of new apps.
Thwarting Microsoft and Google
From a laptop versus tablet perspective, this release starts to blur the lines. For Aragon, this represents a shot against Microsoft and its aggressiveness with the Surface Pro, which is essentially just a Windows 10 device.
However, the success of devices, like the ChromeBook, is probably keeping Apple executives up at night. ChromeOS and Android joining forces is the other battlefront that Apple has been watching.
A Harmonized Apple OS Across All Devices
What many may not realize is that Apple’s operating systems are more common than people know. They leverage Darwin, which is actually open-sourced. The Intel Chipset on Macs has been a minor issue relative to complete harmony and in 2020, that issue apparently will go away.
Better Customer Journeys with Common Apps
Developers win with a common set of apps, as do users. The biggest issue to date between mobile devices and laptops has been apps and the subtle differences between them. Simplifying all of this makes a lot of sense and to us, it is a game changer.
A lot of other news is expected today at WWDC but given the focus on improved software quality for iOS and MacOS, this may be the biggest piece of news that is announced other than progress in Artificial Intelligence.