Official iPhone/iPod Touch WebApp Directory Coming?

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Oct 10, 2007.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Our readers have noted, and now several sites are reporting that it appears that Apple is gearing to launch an official iPhone Web Application directory.

    AppleInsider believes such a directory may launch as early as today. Our readers, as well as 9to5mac, have submitted observations that Apple's recent download's RSS feed contains iPhone web applications and a link to a currently inactive portion of Apple's website:

    As the iPod Touch uses the same mobile Safari web browser as the iPhone, such a directory listing would be applicable to it as well.

    Currently, Apple's supported and official method of developing 3rd party applications is via the Safari web browser. Unofficial native solutions have been derived as well and are still in the process of being updated for Apple's latest firmware release. Such solutions are not supported by Apple, but have proven to provide more features.

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  2. macrumors 68040


    Feb 6, 2007
    I don't get how this is proof? Anyhing will take you to that part of the site with that error.
  3. macrumors 65816


    Jul 24, 2007
    I guess this would be something useful. I don't think there are any really great web apps out there so maybe this would direct me towards some if they exist.
  4. Editor emeritus


    Jul 10, 2003
    Falls Church, VA
    If you use facebook and go to it on your iPhone, they have a pretty nice interface for it.

    Also, Meebo has a decent IM client that is web-based, but I still much prefer the native apps which are MUCH more feature complete.
  5. macrumors 68020


    May 7, 2003
    Saint Augustine, FL
    This may make Apple take a more "official" approach to these so-called applications. As you guys know, they currently exist as bookmarks within Safari. What I might suggest is that the bookmarks feature of safari be given it's own icon, and moved to the home page of iPhone. Clicking on it exposes your safari webapp bookmarks in the same tile form as on the Home, each iconed with favicon, or something significant.

    THEN I'd start to think about considering this whole "webapp" cop-out as worth while.
  6. macrumors 65816


    Oct 3, 2007
    I can second this. The iPhone Facebook web app is pretty nice. It allows you to do almost everything you can on the real website. It's also much faster than the real website(since we all have to use edge at some point :(). It also does a good job of emulating the iPhone interface. I can't speak for Meebo because I don't ever IM anymore.

    This is a great idea. (Apple? Are you listening?)
  7. macrumors regular

    Jun 25, 2007
    central nj
    I wouldnt mind this...other wise web apps just strike me as a way of making up for EDGE speeds, NOT the lack of 3rd party apps since most web apps are just dumbed down versions of normal web sites that load slowly on EDGE (IE facebook)
  8. macrumors 6502

    May 27, 2007
    And maybe with some web apps working off-line they can put in more features to catch up to the native apps a little more?
  9. macrumors regular


    Sep 2, 2007
    Yes, anything you type after gives you that message. I think since there is a direct link to that site in the RSS feeds, they are putting two and two together.

    Not too big of a stretch.
  10. macrumors 68020


    May 7, 2003
    Saint Augustine, FL
    a *very* little more. The web interface automatically excludes painting your own graphics, or generating your own sounds. While I'm sure you'll be able to link to a iPod song (you could in iPod's notes since at least 3G), I doubt you'll be able to get a list. I suppose it's feasable there's something like SQLite you can hook up to, but in the end, the web is no excuse for real applications.

    (what if you're on an airplane! No custom apps at all?)
  11. macrumors 6502


    Jun 9, 2007
    Dallas, Texas
    This is a good idea, but still not what I'd like to see with real applications. I wish apple would just wrap an extension for iPhone into xCode and be done with it.:confused:
  12. macrumors 68020


    Jul 16, 2002
    Salt Lake City, UT
    I think this would be great. It would be awesome if Apple made an application that allowed you to access all of the applications quickly.

  13. macrumors 65816

    Jan 20, 2003
    Edit: Geez. Nevermind, didn't even read the post before replying.
  14. macrumors 65816


    Feb 9, 2007
    I'm pretty sure that true offline WebApps (see Widgets) would have to be stored in a directory other than Safari bookmarks, such as a System/Widgets/ directory. Of course, many Widgets pull info off the internet, but this is info pulled into the app, not the app itself. I'll also bet that we'll see some kind of a home access button in a future iPhone update, maybe even a browser/installer.

    Also, aren't most of the iPhone's native apps essentially Widgets, or offline WebApps? That's why I don't get the hate surrounding the idea of WebApps on the phone.
  15. macrumors 6502


    Sep 10, 2007
    It's actually up now.

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