Apple announced that Universal Purchases would be extended to macOS in March. With the latest beta version of the Xcode development tool, it became much easier for developers to sell bundled iOS and macOS apps. The update will let developers pair Mac and iOS versions of the app and distribute it in a Universal Purchase format. The feature will let you buy an app on any Apple device and get the version for another device automatically. Later, developers will also be able to add bundled in-app purchases.
Apple claims that the update will unite App Store categories, which will make it simpler to search for necessary apps. Presumably, many developers won’t use the feature and will keep selling apps separately to make you buy more copies. We will see the actual result in March. Universal Purchase will be available for iOS 13.4, tvOS 13.4, and macOS Catalina 10.15.4. The new feature relates to the Project Catalyst, announced by Apple at WWDC 2019. The end goal of the initiative is to let developers merge iOS, tvOS, and macOS apps into a single app. Tell us what you think about it in comments, and don’t forget to share the news with other Apple users.