Does the App store mean the end for web apps?

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by londondude, Jul 18, 2008.

  1. londondude macrumors regular

    Nov 13, 2007
    Just as I said does native apps mean the end for web apps?
  2. amysig macrumors member

    Mar 22, 2008
    I was wondering the same thing...

    I think that for web-connected apps it will flush out over time. We now have NY Times native app and AOL Radio. Some reviews say the web sites are better than these 1.0 native apps.

    Having local storage capability is the key feature for native apps. I'm looking to rely on local storage for things like to-do lists, small database apps and news readers. These are things web apps just couldn't do. And of course, real gaming.
  3. Jeremy1026 macrumors 68020


    Nov 3, 2007
    I think there will always be some webapps. Smaller (less experienced) developers will probably stick with them and avoid paying the $99 fee to get into the app store. It will also avoid them having to learn a new language.
  4. hexonxonx macrumors 601

    Jul 4, 2007
    Denver Colorado
    A few apps such as Last FM still are in reality web apps. There is nothing on Last FM that runs on the iPhone alone other than the icon.
  5. Rojo macrumors 65816


    Sep 26, 2006
    Huh - I just assumed at least the info (like charts and stuff) would be cached locally, until the next time you had an internet connection. But I just tried to do stuff in airplane mode, and I got pop-up windows saying to turn it off.

    So I guess for things like this that are just glorified web apps will still be distributed through the Apps store now...
  6. italiano40 macrumors 65816


    Oct 7, 2007
    probably not since it cost $99 to put your app on app store
  7. ender78 macrumors 6502

    Jan 9, 2005
    And there are thousands of developers out there if not tens of thousands that will be more than happy to put up the $100 to let people enjoy their app. Think of the guys at Apple that wrote Remote. There have likely been hundreds of thousands of downloads.
  8. queshy macrumors 68040


    Apr 2, 2005

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