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.