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Developers have accused Apple of pushing them to use the App Store by making web apps appear slower on iOS devices.

According to The Register, web apps launched directly from the home screen are being disadvantaged through the use of an older JavaScript engine. Web apps are created using JavaScript and HTML and can be run via a shortcut on the home screen or by browsing to a site in Safari. Developers say the issue only applies to apps run from the home screen.
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Hmmm... Apple up to tricks?
   
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and we care because....? as if Apple's web apps were well publicized beyond one lurker reference in Safari's bookmarks.
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I use android problem solved before it began. EPIC WIN.
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I use android problem solved before it began. EPIC WIN.
^This. Apple suck. They are the epitome of capitalism and the destruction of our planet.

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^This. Apple suck. They are the epitome of capitalism and the destruction of our planet.

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Because all companies arent the same...

If android was perfect then people wouldn't be rooting it to install un-approved apps, modify the bootrom, tweak etc.

All phone OS are exactly the same. Android just gives just an extra bit of flexibility with its widgets. Personally i hate the system though But thats just 1 mans opinion not a fact.

P.S before i am called an Apple fanboy I don't own an iPhone atm just a WM7
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I'm skeptical if this is the norm. The thing is, this situation of being "faster" has to do with the most recent release of iOS 4.3. In iOS 4.2, there was no difference in launching/speeds of an app whether it was launched from the home screen or launched in the browser. All that happened was Apple implemented a different version of java script for apps on the home screen with iOS 4.3--they did nothing to slow down browser-launched apps.

Sure, the conspiracy theorist might say that apple is deliberately doing this to herd developers to go through the app store, but it's not like the dev's app is suddenly slower--just not necessarily as fast as if it could use nitro javascript.

Anyhoo, "unnamed developer" as a source is pretty sketchy. Haven't heard of this before, but other than my bank's website, pretty much any other site that offers an "app" for them also allows "full site" access on safari on my ipod touch, and I can't notice a difference in the user experience. Some numbers would have been nice to back up these claims.

And even then, who cares? Don't like how Apple is conducting business? Don't use their products. Don't like how Apple wants your app to be? Don't support them by making apps. These people are getting traffic that they otherwise would never have gotten with the advancement of apple and other portable devices, so they really should just shut their traps and realize that they are not the only ones trying to make a product.
    
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Another win for webOS! Now if only people valued customization and openness over what is trendy, then we'd actually see some growth.
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I am glad this thread hasn't spiralled out of control like they usually do. People on OCN sometimes seem more interested in phones than computers.
    
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Because all companies arent the same...

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All phone OS are exactly the same. Android just gives just an extra bit of flexibility with its widgets. Personally i hate the system though But thats just 1 mans opinion not a fact.

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