Apple & Web Apps

Loser: Apple. They don’t care about web apps. Actually, it’s worse than that. It feels like they are actually hostile to web apps. iOS Safari is the new Internet Explorer 6. It has lagged behind in nearly every web standard, especially around Progressive Web Apps. This is probably for business reasons: web apps disrupt their $99/year + 33% in-app purchases racket. So to make my web app work on their platform, I have to basically pretend I’m a native app.

I built a PWA and published it in 3 app stores. Here’s what I learned. (cache)

At the time of writing a Progressive Web App (cache), it scares me. Hopefully, it will not end up in any store…