Near the end of 2017, Bloomberg appear that Apple was alive on Project Marzipan, an effort to allow for the conception of cross-platform apps that would work on both iOS and macOS.

The report also mentioned the aggregation would advertise it about at this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in June – but according to John Gruber, who follows developments at Apple carefully and writes about it on his much-lauded blog Daring Fireball, Project Marzipan may not arrive quite so soon.

Gruber noted that, per his sources, Marzipan (now known by a altered name within Apple) is a allegorical ascendancy API of sorts, which seems to be a trend among tech firms architecture UI frameworks these days. This doesn’t accurately imply cross-platform support, but it’s one way of going about things if that’s the company’s goal:

… it sounds like a allegorical ascendancy API. The accepted idea is that rather than autograph archetypal procedural code to, say, make a button, then configure the button, then position the button inside a view, you instead acknowledge the button and its attributes using some other form. HTML is apparently the most easily accepted example. In HTML you don’t procedurally create elements like paragraphs, images, and tables — you acknowledge them with tags and attributes in markup.

He also speculates that this won’t actualize in 2018, and absolutely not in time for WWDC in June; rather, it’s accessible that it’ll be on the agenda closer to when macOS 10.15 and iOS 13 arrive, ancient in 2019.

It’s also worth noting that Apple CEO Tim Cook doesn’t seem abnormally keen on amalgamation the two platforms just yet. Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald beforehand this month, he addressed the question, saying fans aren’t big on the idea either:

We don’t accept in sort of watering down one for the other. Both [The Mac and iPad] are incredible. One of the affidavit that both of them are absurd is because we pushed them to do what they do well. And if you begin to merge the two … you begin to make trade offs and compromises.

So maybe the aggregation would be more able at the end of the day. But that’s not what it’s about. You know it’s about giving people things that they can then use to help them change the world or accurate their affection or accurate their creativity. So this merger thing that some folks are bedeviled on, I don’t think that’s what users want.

As we noted in our coverage, acceptance for single versions of software to run on iOS and macOS accessories would lower development and aliment costs for creators, as well as the price of apps for users who are invested in Apple’s ecosystem. But per Gruber’s post, it’s now less clear as to whether the aggregation is anon cerebration about making this happen, versus simply modernizing the build action for both iOS and macOS developers.

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