On stage at WWDC 2018, Craig Federighi put an end to long-standing speculation and predictions that iOS and macOS will merge. While the answer to that idea was a resounding NO, we will see four iOS apps on macOS Mojave.
Mark Gurman broke the news that Apple would make this move as early as December of 2017. Our own John Kheit called for this exact move by Apple in 2014.
News, Stocks, Home, Voice Memos
First, Apple News is coming to macOS Mojave, so I can check that off on my wish list. Apple News is a great way to get the latest news from your favorite publishers, at least for U.S. customers. There was no word on whether Apple News will be available in more countries.
Now that the News app is on macOS, I wonder if news publishers will use Apple News more. For some Apple News readers like me, who get the majority of their news from the app, there is even less incentive for me to visit each publisher’s website.
The Stocks app on macOS will show stocks and business articles curated by Apple News editors. That was something that stuck out to me when I watched the keynote. Susan Prescott, VP of product marketing at Apple, mentioned the human curation of Apple News several times. This is in stark contrast to companies like Facebook and Google, who rely on algorithmic curation, and this has landed both companies in hot water in the past.
In the Home app, you can control your HomeKit-enabled smart home from your Mac. Turn lights off, adjust thermostat settings, and more without leaving your Mac. Finally, with the Voice Memos app, iOS and macOS memos will be synced via iCloud. You’ll also be able to drag and drop memos into other apps like Garage Band.