Craig Federighi talks about bringing iOS apps to Mac but no touch screens


During an interview with Wired, Apple senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi discussed the last day’s keynote. He talked about the company’s years-long plan to bring some iOS apps to macOS. When Federighi was discussing whether the MacOS and iOS will be merged, a common question that is asked by the users. A big “NO” appeared on the screen behind him.

The company did detail a plan to take key framework elements from iOS and UIKit and adapt them for macOS. This means tools which will let third-party developers easily port iPhone and iPad apps to Mac in 2019. He mentions in the interview that right now the plan is not to build a single Apple Operating System, but to begin testing out the updated UIKit tools in its own apps for Home, News, Stocks, and Voice Memos, coming in macOS Mojave later this year.

With the news about iOS apps appearing on macOS, people began to speculate about a touchscreen on a MacBook. Federighi reminded everyone that there won’t be any such thing. He says, “not into touchscreens on desktop computers, and likely never will be.” He further added that Apple doesn’t see touch-based laptops as rivals.

“We really feel that the ergonomics of using a Mac are that your hands are rested on a surface and that lifting your arm up to poke a screen is a pretty fatiguing thing to do,” he said.

Federighi added that he doesn’t think the touchscreen laptops out there today—which he referred to as “experiments”—have been compelling. “I don’t think we’ve looked at any of the other guys to date and said, how fast can we get there?”

While talking about iOS/MacOS updates he mentioned that instead of these tools being emulators, Apple’s plan is building a software framework for iPhone that can be brought over to Mac and “made native” to Mac. Some sections of this porting process will be automated “like turning a long press on iOS into a two-finger click on a Mac,” but extra coding is predicted for UI items like menus and sidebars.

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An engineering graduate, Harry turned to writing after a couple of years of experience in core technology field. At The iBulletin, Harry covers latest updates related to trending apps & games on the app store.


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