Mark Gurman nailed Marzipan

Credit where credit is due.

From Gurman, in Bloomberg, five months and 15 days before WWDC 2018:

Starting as early as next year, software developers will be able to design a single application that works with a touchscreen or mouse and trackpad depending on whether it’s running on the iPhone and iPad operating system or on Mac hardware, according to people familiar with the matter...

Apple is developing the strategy as part of the next major iOS and macOS updates, said the people, who requested anonymity to discuss an internal matter. Codenamed “Marzipan,” the secret project is planned as a multiyear effort that will start rolling out as early as next year and may be announced at the company’s annual developers conference in the summer.

My take: I'm too old to be jumping on every Apple rumor, even Gurman's. But this was a big one, and now that the cat is out of the bag I'm happy to discover in the Apple 3.0 archives that I didn't let it pass without comment. See Bloomberg floats Apple rumor, TechCrunch throws hissy fit.

UPDATE: This came in over the transom from webmaster at MacDailyNews:

"Think code convergence (more so than today) with UI modifications per device. A unified underlying codebase for Intel, Apple A-series, and, in Apple’s labs, likely other chips, too (just in case). This would allow for a single App Store for Mac, iPhone, and iPad users that features a mix of apps: Some that are touch-only, some that are Mac-only, and some that are universal (can run on both traditional notebooks and desktops as well as on multi-touch computers like iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and – pretty please, Apple – Apple TV). Don’t be surprised to see Apple A-series-powered Macs, either.”

Credit where credit is due. 🙂

BONUS VIDEO (in a British Accent): How to make your own marzipan. Pro tip: Cloves make excellent marzipan apple stalks.

See also: Apple’s secret war on Mark Gurman


  1. Fred Stein said:
    Yes, brilliant. In one move, it makes both iOS and macOS more valuable to customers and to App developers.

    Brilliant founders, like those who started ride-sharing Apps, will come up new App-base businesses. Those Apps will run securely on Apple’s vast iOS and macOS installed base. Another point made at WWDC, the support of older iPhones multiplies the advantage of iOS for developers Users of older Android OS and Windows systems will have wait as these are lower priority, lower ROI for App developers.

    We won’t be able to measure the financial impact except as a small increase in Services revenue.

    June 13, 2018
  2. Ken Cheng said:
    Hmmm.. I thought Marzipan was going to be a new Android OS, usually a sweet confection to attract youngsters. Must have skipped that article.

    June 13, 2018

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