Why Apple should go all in on iPad apps on the Mac

“This year at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple is widely expected to expand the program for bringing iPad apps to the Mac, a “multiyear” project it kicked off last year,” Dieter Bohn writes for The Verge. “The project is codenamed ‘Marzipan,’ and this year, we’ll see exactly how it’ll work for developers. It’s expected to be much more ambitious than what we’ve seen before, and we may discover that these apps, built with iOS’s UIKit framework instead of the traditional MacOS AppKit framework, can be much more elegant and Mac-like than they are right now.”

“I think Apple should do more than double down on these iPad-style apps on the Mac. I think Apple should go all in and make nearly all of its consumer Mac apps with the new UIKit / Marzipan frameworks, including Mail, Notes, Messages, FaceTime, Photos, Reminders, and Calendar,” Bohn writes. “Apple should just go for it, sooner rather than later, and ideally right now.”

“My reasoning is pretty simple: whether you think these apps should be the future of macOS development, they’re absolutely coming either way, and Apple should want to ensure that they’re great,” Bohn writes. “The surest way to improve iPad apps on the Mac is for Apple to force its own employees to use them and then fix them.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Again, we expect to see the quality of “Marzipan” apps is poised to drastically improve – and one way of getting even better is for Apple to go all in.

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  1. Apple needs to get the house of Mac in order, better computers (more types of Mac’s), use A-series CPU’s, feature parity with iPhone’s in software and hardware the same applies to iPhone’s and iPad.

    1. What is it about iPad users who have absolutely no knowledge of the dozens (hundreds?) of specialized Mac apps that are far, far, too complex to work in the Fisher-Price touch interfact.

      At very least they would require some kind of precision input devices in order to make selections of objects all th way to the pixl level. Oh wait, we have that; mouse and keyboard.

      Have these people seen a 100MB Pixelmator image file? Bigger question do they even know files like that exist. Do they have any clue that the entertainment files that they “consume” on their iOS entertainment provider have to be created in some way?

      I work in a high school in addition to producing HTML5 animations for the web. Every day I deal with students who are avid gamers and because of that, think that they could become game developers with 15 minutes practice. In reality, they would be the least qualified.

      It’s kind of the same problem that exists between iOS and OSX, different universes.

  2. Apple better pull one big fire belching rabbit out of a hat whenever it introduces the next MacBook Pro because running iPad apps on it isn’t going to save it. I mean people can already run Netflix, Facebook, Youtube, and Minecraft on Macs.

    Have you seen Nvidia’s newly announced Nvidia Studio stuff?

    “Nvidia has unveiled a line of laptops that are powered by its RTX graphics processors and a new software platform called Studio, made specifically for creative professionals who require more GPU power on the go than is currently offered by Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro.”

    Laptops using Nvidia’s studio architecture COMPLETELY TRASH the newest maxed out 8 core MacBook Pros with Vega 20, for less money of course.

    While the new MacBook Pros are faster than the previous MacBook Pros and are able to do well enough to keep CPU throttling down, they don’t hold a candle to these new PC laptops.

    At this moment in time, PRO users should clearly be looking at the new RTX Studio Laptops.


  3. Basically you have the Consumer Market, the Enterprise Market, the Gaming Market, the Enthusiast Market, and the Pro Market.

    Apple long ago lost Gaming and Enthusiasts and they’ve never had a significant hold in Enterprise, so the only thing left is Consumer, where they do well.

    iPad apps are primarily consumer apps, so essentially Apple will be “Doubling Down” on turning the Mac into a consumer platform while allowing their Pro users to Dwindle.

    1. If you don’t build better, and faster then you won’t have any developer’s long term, Apple crime is not putting out the best Mac hardware they can, iPad sales picked up the last 2 quarters because Apple built better iPad’s

  4. Is there a reason why iOS apps could not be treated as Widgets on a Mac, in their own space? I can’t understand why Apple wouldn’t have done this years ago, at the very least as a developer testing feature.

    When Apple wakes up, maybe they could enable iOS devices to be plugged into Macs to enable TouchID or FaceID unlocking of Macs, a sophisticated accessory touchpad input, an additional display, and so much more.

    Basically Apple is stupid to think its rental cloud is the center of all things. The center of our digital experience is the Mac, and all other Apple devices are mere peripherals. When Apple wakes up and recognizes that there is a large group of people like me, who will never trust a cloud, then maybe Apple can course correct to make real improvements to the Mac experience and versatility.

  5. The other approach is to add touch and pencil support to the Mac OS and rename it Apple OS and use it on all devices. Some Macs can then have touch and pencil enabled – the OS can determine what format to use. And the iPad Pro, which is almost a Mac now woul£ get a proper file system and all the other great features of the Mac instead of a second-rate, cur-down OS.

    (Case in point – the text following cannot be deleted using iOS in this site – just another example of the flawed OS that iOS is….[ost a Mac now

    1. Apple Surface Kludge? No thanks! The time spent managing a bad Fisher Price touchscreen interface on everything these days is bad enough. Let’s not bloat out precision desktops.

  6. Does anyone know if Apple has imminent plans or heard rumours of bringing Final Cut Pro and Logic to the iPad Pro? IPad Pro with USB-C monitor as your viewer and the iPad as the editor would be a dream. Directly interacting with the media you’re manipulating; that’d be a something else.

    Luma Fusion is cool but I want a Final Cut. If Apple released its pro Apps along side Adobe’s release, it’ll absolutely embed the iPad Pro as a ‘Pro’ device. Had to call it a pro device with only consumer Apps. It’s powerful enough now, so why not?

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