Do you think we will be able to run .app files on iPadOS and IOS when the Apple silicone Macs come out?
So when the new Macs come out they will be able to run IOS apps on them. From what I can tell this is made easier as under the hood they are running basically the same OS. So I was wondering, as Apple is really pushing the iPad as a laptop replacement, is it possible that they will start to be able to run Mac apps. And not just Mac apps distributed through the app store. But Mac apps that are installed from .app or .dmg files. Proper desktop applications, made by anyone.
In my opinion, one of the main things that holds the iPad back as a real laptop replacement is the app store. So allowing users to run whatever software they like would really boost the IP ad experience. Especially as they can be used in a laptop mode, complete with curser and everything (though they would need an option for an actual curser mode, not the weird magnetic one they have at the moment). Honestly, if an iPad could run standard .app files that I could just find online, I would go and pick one up tomorrow.
Of course, Apple has an in interest in controlling the apps on the iPod, as they get a cut of all the purchases. I am sure that they would love to limit Mac that way, but there would be too much backlash (I am sure it is just a couple of years till they try it though).
I can’t imagine they would do this for IOS as the app store makes so much of their money for them. And a Mac app would kinda suck on a phone form factor. But we can dream. (I definitely won’t be getting an iPhone until they do though)