Apple brings UIKit to the desktop

http://sixcolors.com/post/2015/02/new-apple-photos-app-contains-uxkit-framework/

Are classic OSX apps doomed? Is this the beginning of the end of personal computing as we know it? First bring in the frameworks, then lock it down la iOS? …

[quote=165139:@Oliver Osswald]http://sixcolors.com/post/2015/02/new-apple-photos-app-contains-uxkit-framework/

Are classic OSX apps doomed? Is this the beginning of the end of personal computing as we know it? First bring in the frameworks, then lock it down à la iOS? …[/quote]

The iOS framework is already derived from Mac OS X Cocoa. A lot of Cocoa declares readily work by simply changing the name of the library to UIKit.

The photo apps have specificities that justify having unified methods.

Anything is possible, but I cannot really imagine Apple castrating OS X the same way as iOS was.

[quote=165139:@Oliver Osswald]http://sixcolors.com/post/2015/02/new-apple-photos-app-contains-uxkit-framework/

Are classic OSX apps doomed? Is this the beginning of the end of personal computing as we know it? First bring in the frameworks, then lock it down à la iOS? …[/quote]

IMO its just to make it easier to make an app for both iOS ,Mac OS X.

Xcode 6 does have the unified project where one project can be complied for both… you just have a separate storyboard for each OS.

[quote=165139:@Oliver Osswald]http://sixcolors.com/post/2015/02/new-apple-photos-app-contains-uxkit-framework/

Are classic OSX apps doomed? Is this the beginning of the end of personal computing as we know it? First bring in the frameworks, then lock it down à la iOS? …[/quote]
Look at the new Photos app. It’s every bit an OS X app. Nothing to fear here.

AN OS X app the is using parts of iOS’s UIKt.

Well, it’s an OS X version of UIKit. Apple have often done this back-and-forth routine with OS X and iOS. But It doesn’t make Photos any less of an OS X app, in the way that we know OS X apps today. Photos is a very nice OS X app and feels like a very nice OS X app, not an iOS app. That’s what I mean by nothing to fear.

As end-developers, we might not even get access to UXKit ourselves. There’s an interesting opinion/speculation piece at http://inessential.com/2015/02/05/uxkit_skepticism

Awww its so much more fun to speculate and raise everyones fear level unnecessarily :P