Apple’s Tim Cook certainly thinks so.
Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, revealed his dislike for the idea of merging iOS with macOS, despite a report claiming that Apple is doing just that.
“We don’t believe in sort of watering down one for the other,” said Cook in a recent interview with the Sydney Morning Herald. “And if you begin to merge the two, you begin to make trade offs and compromises.”
The comment was in response to a report by Bloomberg which discussed rumors that Apple was going to merge iPhone, iPad and Mac apps in a secret programme called “Marzipan”.
Currently, developers have to make an app for iOS for Apple’s mobile devices and a version of the same app for macOS so it can run on Mac devices. In addition to the extra time and costs, Bloomberg calls the Mac App Store “a ghost town of limited selection and rarely updated programs”.
With a single app, all devices would get updates and new features at the same time, and the apps would run on both iOS and macOS with either a keyboard or touchscreen.
Cook agrees that it might make the company more efficient, but said: “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 express their passion or express their creativity.”
Despite complaints about Mac apps, Cook maintained that he doesn’t think a merger is what users want.
With the Bloomberg report suggesting a merger and Cook disavowing it, the project could go either way.