Interesting piece by Shi Chuan on Android’s slow adoption of cutting
edge browser features compared to Apple’s in iOS. Add this to the last piece I
linked to for evidence that Apple takes modern mobile web
development very seriously.
I’ve been an advisor and lead developer on several mobile web projects.
Indeed, iOS gives the most advanced and consistent experience (for both user
and developer), by far. This surprises every one of my clients.
I understand the confusion here. Shouldn’t Apple want to compete against
mobile web apps? After all, they detract from the oversight and economic engine
of the App Store. I’m often asked if a web app would be a better option
because they don’t want to be at the mercy of Apple’s review time. Look at
the Financial Times, for example. They didn’t want to bow to the
I don’t know for sure, but I’m willing to bet that Apple doesn’t mind at all
what the Financial Times is doing. Right now, this web app works best on iPad,
taking full advantage of what Apple exposes to WebKit. Remember, Apple is
primarily in the business to sell hardware. Wouldn’t it make sense to build
the best modern mobile browser on the planet into their tablets?