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Apple's Craig Federighi explains how iOS apps will work on macOS

Apple's Craig Federighi explains how iOS apps will work on macOS

Apple is integrating UIKit framework into the macOS to enable this cross-platform compatibility.

While Apple will always state otherwise publicly, as the iPhone and iOS have increased in popularity over the past decade, macOS has slowly evolved into an afterthought - though this year's WWDC has placed an uncharacteristic, but welcome emphasis on the desktop and laptop operating system.

After years of speculation, Apple shut down the idea of iOS and macOS merging into one platform once and for all at this year's developers conference.

Mojave includes a new feature called Desktop Stacks, which helps organize desktop files into stacks, sorted by kind, date or even tags. In order to add a file to the stack, you simply need to drag that file to the desktop.

When you look at the experience of iOS 11, which was undoubtedly beset by numerous bugs and glitches, this makes ideal sense. You'll also be able to see which Mac apps are most popular with top charts. In addition to screenshot, Apple is also making it easier to record your screen using QuickTime app.

As for watchOS 5 and tvOS, they also come with their own fair share of minor yet important improvements aimed at improving the overall usability of the OS. watchOS 5, in particular, comes with some handy new improvements like an improved Siri watch face, support for new workouts, Walkie Talkie, and more.

In the meantime, Mojave will offer four iOS apps that Apple has already converted: Apple News, Stocks, Home, and Voice Memos. It will also have some new augmented reality features, including a new file format that's being supported by Adobe called USDZ. It will be a free update for all compatible Macs and will be distributed via the Mac App Store.




If Apple can convince even a small number of the developers that have created the two million plus apps now present in the iOS App Store, to port their projects over to macOS, this could result in a much-needed surge in useful, worthwhile apps hitting macOS' digital marketplace. For the first time, helpful videos that autoplay will provide users with dynamic app previews so they can see an app in action before downloading it. Create, Work, Play and Develop Create, Work, Play and Develop tabs provide helpful recommendations and expertise about apps within each of these themes.

Apple's Craig Federighi introduces iOS 12.

- The iOS 12 was the biggest announcement, largely because it affects the millions and millions of the iPhone and iPad users.

Create ML, a new tool to create machine learning tools without being a ML expert.

Developers will be able to port their iOS apps to macOS starting in 2019.

I asked Federighi whether the fact that iPhones and Macs run on different chip architectures would impact how the same app runs across both devices.

≡ New data protections require apps to get user permission before using the Mac camera and microphone or accessing personal data like user Mail history and Messages database.


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