Apple is in the end permitting common purchases for Mac and iOS a
Apple quietly introduced on Wednesday that builders’ cross-platform apps can quickly be enabled for common purchases, which is a posh manner of claiming that you just – the patron – will be capable of purchase an app as soon as and use it throughout your iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Mac.
Beginning this March, builders will be capable of flip in this choice of their app. In the event that they accomplish that, for the primary time, the ones of you who purchase a Mac App Retailer model of an app may also get it for your iOS units (and vice versa). The speculation is builders can use this selection to entice shoppers to shop for their Mac or iOS apps. They’ll additionally be capable of seamlessly sync in-app purchases and subscriptions throughout platforms.
This is how Apple described this transformation:
“Beginning in March 2020, you’ll be capable of distribute iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and tvOS variations of your app as a common acquire, permitting shoppers to revel in your app and in‑app purchases throughout platforms via buying best as soon as. You’ll be able to make a choice to create a brand new app for those platforms the usage of a unmarried app document in App Retailer Attach or upload platforms on your present app document. Get began via construction and checking out your apps the usage of a unmarried package deal ID with Xcode 11.four beta. As well as, classes can be unified around the App Retailer and Mac App Retailer to align with this transformation, and to help in making your apps extra discoverable.”
This new function for builders is most probably a part of Apple’s push to get builders to create extra Catalyst apps – ie Apple’s try at making it more straightforward for builders to port their iOS apps throughout to the Mac.