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Apple will reportedly combine iPhone, iPad and Mac apps by 2021

It'll basically combine its App Stores.

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Apple's App Stores for various platforms may be combined.

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Apple is planning to let developers create a single version of their apps that'll work across iPhone, iPad and Mac, a report said.

The Cupertino, California, company hopes to have this universal approach to apps in place by 2021, Bloomberg reported Wednesday, citing unnamed sources.

In the new way of doing things, developers wouldn't submit their apps to Apple's various App Stores. That means you'd be able to download iOS apps directly from Mac computers, and the stores will be combined.

The company apparently revealed a section of this work, which is codenamed Marzipan, at its 2018 Worldwide Developers Conference.

Apple didn't immediately respond to request for comment.

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