iPhone-Mac unification dream is a step closer to reality

CNET | 6/3/2019 | Roger Cheng
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WWDC had a lot to offer for developers and consumers looking toward the next iteration of products like the iPhone, iPad and Macbook.

It's Marvel and DC Comics characters crossing over into the same movie. Or the Yankees and Red Sox sharing the same dugout. You can hear Seinfeld's George Costanza exasperate: "Worlds are colliding!"


Sort of.

One of the marquee announcements of Monday's Worldwide Developer Conference keynote was the expansion of Apple's Marzipan program -- now called Project Catalyst -- which brings iOS apps to the Mac. We saw dribs and drabs of this last year when Apple brought homegrown programs like Apple News and Stocks to the Mac, but the company went further by opening the program to third-party developers.

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Another big change is the introduction of iPadOS, a new operating system intended to give the iPad a more PC-like experience. Apple also said the iPad will be able to serve as a second screen for your MacBook.

These features, like everything else at this developer conference, are a little wonky, but taken together they get us closer to the long-awaited reality in which Apple unifies its smartphone, tablet and computer worlds. Having iOS apps run on Macs, and having a more useful iPad, may hint at a time when its dominant mobile operating system may take over computers too.

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For consumers, this ultimately means apps and services that run seamlessly across all of your compatible devices. Or having one device that can handle all of your needs, from docking your phone to a connected monitor to serve as your desktop to using it to hail an Uber or livestream a family reunion.

These are just a few of the big announcements at WWDC designed to shift the identities of Apple's various products, including improvements to Siri; an Apple Watch that works more independently...
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