As first noticed by Steve Troughton-Smith, launch notes for the newest beta construct of Xcode embrace a serious improvement: Mac apps can quickly be included as common purchases with their iPhone and iPad companions.

Common apps at present allow you to make a single buy to realize entry to each iPhone and iPad variations of an app. Practically all cross-platform builders default to this selection, although some nonetheless promote separate iPhone and iPad apps. macOS has by no means been included as a part of common apps although, even after Mac Catalyst launched final yr. That sounds prefer it’s going to vary when the newest OS updates – iOS and iPadOS 13.four and macOS 10.15.four – arrive this spring.

With common app assist, builders will be capable to cost customers a single time to grant entry to Mac, iPhone, and iPad variations of their app. As Apple’s launch notes state, this selection in Xcode will likely be on by default for apps constructed with Catalyst, however it’s going to even be obtainable to non-Catalyst apps which are supplied on the Mac App Retailer. Whereas this alteration received’t be the most suitable choice for all builders, particularly contemplating the totally different enterprise dynamics of Mac and iOS apps, it is sensible for iPad builders who carry their apps to the Mac with Catalyst and don’t need to take care of the complication of a separate buy system.