Universal App Store Purchases Coming Soon

Apple released the first beta of iOS 13.4 today and with it an important change to the Apple ecosystem. Starting with that version of iOS and probably the equivalent version of macOS, tvOS and watchOS, developers will be able to offer universal app purchases.

This means that some apps may be available for one price to get the versions across some or all Apple platforms. So you can buy the iOS version of an app and the macOS version for one price at one time. It is important to note that it will be up to developers to enable this, so it may take days or months for apps to appear as cross-platform bundles, and some developers may decide to keep them separate.

Comments: 2 Responses to “Universal App Store Purchases Coming Soon”

    rusty
    3 months ago

    In the iOS app store you have the ability to Gift an app, in the Mac app store you don’t. If developers can now create universal apps, does this mean the purchaser will have the ability to Gift both the iOS and macOS apps?

    3 months ago

    Rusty: I doubt that will change just because of this. But maybe that will be a separate change at some point.

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