From the ending last year till earlier this year there has been a lot of rumors & speculations surfing on the web, about the merged Operating System which according to the Bloomberg reports, Apple was thoroughly working on a project called Marzipan, which according to them is an effort to create a revolutionary tool which will give a privilege to the developer to design & deploy a single app which will work in both the platform that is iOS & macOS, turning it into a cross-platform interface. And moreover, it was also heard that the company would unveil this in their WWDC (World Wide Developer Conference) which will be held in June this year.
However, according to the John Gruber who deals with the development at Apple very closely explicitly mentioned in his blog that the project Marzipan might not come any time soon. Moreover, according to his sources, he conceived that the project Marzipan is no longer named as it is and changed to something else, it’s a declarative control API, which doesn’t specifically mean or relates to any cross-platform support framework, which in other words theoretically translates that the apps will be allowed to build for both the platform in a single place leveraging multiple user interfaces.
It makes sense that if Apple believes that (a) iOS and MacOS should have declarative control APIs, and (b) they should address the problem of abstracting the API differences between UIKit (iOS) and AppKit (MacOS), they will tackle them at the same time. Or perhaps the logic is simply that if they’re going to create a cross-platform UI framework, the basis for that framework should be a declarative user interface.
Apart from that John Gruber also said that he is quite sure that Marzipan or whatever its actual name is won’t end up soon this year, not even next month for sure, maybe the company will mark it as an agenda with the release of macOS 10.15 & iOS 13, near 2019.
Moreover, it was also found in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald that this idea of merging apps between cross-platform wasn’t favorable idea for the Apple CEO Tim Cook while he was addressing the questions. According to him watering down macOS and iOS is merely a bad idea.
He says “We don’t believe in sort of watering down one for the other. Both [The Mac and iPad] are incredible. One of the reasons that both of them are incredible 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 company would be more efficient 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 express their passion or express their creativity. So this merger thing that some folks are fixated on, I don’t think that’s what users want.”
All in all, it shows that Tim Cook is literally against this project. However, he is also countering those earlier reports of Bloomberg which spread the whole rumors of it, and trying to debunk those rumors. However, bear in mind that Apple is also likely to implement their in-house chipsets in the upcoming MacBooks. And if further macs and ios use the same chips than it sounds fair to share hardware codes among themselves.