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Apple Plans on Combining iPhone, iPad, Mac Apps by 2021

  • This year, it will be easier to turn iPad apps into Mac apps
  • App merger initiative comes as Apple plans its own Mac chips
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iPhone, iPad, Mac apps to merge

Apple Inc. wants to make it easier for software coders to create tools, games and other applications for its main devices in one fell swoop -- an overhaul designed to encourage app development and, ultimately, boost revenue.

The aim of the multistep initiative, code-named “Marzipan,” is that by 2021, developers will be able to build an app once and have it work on the iPhone, iPad and Mac computers, people familiar with the effort said. That should spur the creation of new software, increasing the utility of the company’s gadgets.