iPhone Formatted Pages

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by SAG3194, Jul 21, 2009.

  1. SAG3194 macrumors 6502


    Jan 4, 2009
    There once was a time when you could take an iPhone website and save it to your home screen (still possible) and open it not in safari but as an app like page.

    Obviously this isn't possible anymore... anyone know why?
  2. jmann macrumors 604


    Dec 8, 2007
    bump on a log in a hole in the bottom of the sea
    It's called a "Web Clip" Just click on the plus sign in Safari, and click "Add to Home Screen".
  3. SAG3194 thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jan 4, 2009
    La duh! I wanted to know why it opens in safari and not in its own window. it used to do that
  4. iArrudaG macrumors regular


    Jun 5, 2009
    It's a website and all websites on the iPhone open with the Safari browswer. Where else would it open? :p
  5. jrock2004 macrumors 6502

    May 4, 2008
    It always opened in a Safari. It might appear different if you do not have multiple tabs opened. So you are probably clicking on that and it is opening in a new tab
  6. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030


    Oct 31, 2007
    Austin, TX
    Nope. It works the same now as it always has.
  7. SAG3194 thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jan 4, 2009
    No.. not always did it always open with Safari.

    It opened with it's own page.

    I will try to find an article link.
  8. danielbrowning macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2009
    I assume by "its own page" you mean a standalone app, not a new tab in Safari?

    If that's what you mean, I'm afraid you're mistaken. I remember when they added the ability to add a web app to your springboard, and I distinctly remember that they all opened in Safari, with the address and search bars at the top, back button etc. at the bottom.

    A lot of web apps use javascript to hide the address bar (they just scroll down a single pixel). Could this be why you think they are their own app?
  9. mackmgg macrumors 65816


    Nov 2, 2007
    He's actually not mistaken. There is meta data a developer can put into a site to make it load in it's own app. Add this page as a web app it'll load its own "standalone" app.
  10. danielbrowning macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2009
    Damn, I had no idea that was possible, despite all the web app stuff I was playing with when it first came out! I'm surpised a lot more web apps don't use this... I'll have to make a copy of those meta tags and play with it, thanks :)

    Technically, I suppose it'll still be opening in Safari... But for all intents and purposes, my apologies, I was wrong!

    Edit: Ah, available in iPhone OS 2.1 or later... That's why I didn't hear about it when I was playing with web apps...

    So to answer the OP's question: It is still available (although has only been available since 2.1 (a little while after the 3G was released)), but it requires the web app to specify it; you can't decide for yourself that a particular web app should do it.

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