Apple made a big splash at WWDC this year when it announced that it would be letting developers port their iOS applications over to the Mac sometime next year – and that Apple had already started the process by bringing over the iOS versions of the Home, Stocks, News, and Voice Memo apps to macOS 10.14 Mojave.
The project – rumored to be codenamed Marzipan – is still in the early stages, and Apple isn’t even planning on offering it to developers until 2019. And there’s already a fair amount of confusion and outcry over what Apple’s doing here: whether or not it will see the death of the traditional Mac app as we know it, exactly how these new kinds of apps will work, whether they’ll feel like traditional “native” Mac apps, and even whether or not it’s fair to call these apps “ports”. So here’s what’s actually going on.
A fair overview of “Marzipan” and what it could mean for the future of the Mac.