Creating A Web based iPad App With Very Little Xcode But Lots of HTML/CSS/PHP/etc.

Discussion in 'iOS Programming' started by rs14smith, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. macrumors regular

    Dec 7, 2009
    Hey all,

    Say you had a project where you needed to create an application on the iPad that shows basic information about a website, and you allow users to sign-up at the website and their information will be stored in the primary database at the original website.

    Couldn't you accomplish this by creating an iPad only website that the iPad points to as soon as the iPad app launches, and that website has the same resolution as the iPad? You could create or use large graphics/buttons that makes it easy for users to interact with the webpage as well.

    The main point here I guess is, to do this, you would only need to code in the app for the iPad to use the UI_Web browser (cannot remember the real name it's been a while) and point to the iPad website you created, and the user would not even know the difference?

    Hope it's clear what I'm trying to do. I have more web development experience than Xcode experience, so for me, it seems similar?

  2. macrumors 65816


    Dec 29, 2010
    Aartselaar // Antwerp // Belgium
    First: You mean a UIWebview.
    Second: no way, it's 100% possible, and plausible, but Apple guidelines define: "apps that are a container around a website with nothing 'extra'" will be rejected ;) (thats kind of a short version)
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 7, 2009
    Wow, well that just killed that idea :mad: :(
  4. macrumors Pentium


    Jan 28, 2009
    Quebec, Canada
    Why ? Just make your webapp and provide instructions to your users on how to deploy it to Springboard as an icon.

    Then you don't even need to pay 99$ or go through the App Store process.
  5. macrumors 604

    Jul 29, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    Why bother with an iPad app when the user can just browse or clip your website?

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