Whats the difference between web apps and apps from iphone store?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by beanobeano, Aug 9, 2008.

  1. beanobeano macrumors newbie

    Aug 4, 2008
    Before the apps store opened, there were and still are thousands of web apps. My question is what is the diference? There seems to be really cool web apps through apple.com as well. Anyone with any insight? thanks:):apple:
  2. RobLikesBrunch macrumors regular

    Aug 1, 2008
    You don't have to download web apps? :confused:

    ...and web apps are usually complete crap....
  3. atluten macrumors 6502

    Mar 24, 2008
    Integration with other apps on the phone is another difference between web apps and those developed using the SDK.
  4. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    Basically the difference between apps on your computer compared to webpages.

    Web apps also require an internet connection and are limited in certain areas (such as saving work).
  5. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Web Apps are applications written using "Web 2.0" technology (dynamic HTML, css, javascripts, etc). They run directly off the web using the MobileSafari browser engine. They're almost always free, but they are also very limited in their function. Apple doesn't exercise any editorial control over them, because they're just websites.

    App Store apps are written using most of the normal complement of APIs used for developing iPhone applications (except Apple makes some special limitations on third party Apps that don't necessarily apply to the built in functions of the iPhone). Some are free and some are not. They run from a stored copy on the phone, although many use the net connection. Apple does exercise editorial control over them.

    Lastly, jailbreaked phones can run apps installed through Cydia or Installer.app. These apps are conceptually similar to the store apps, but they were reverse engineered rather than using Apple's official SDK. That means they have some more functions than are allowed for official apps, but they may also be less stable and may have other unpredictable effects on the phone (i.e. they're "use at your own risk."). Apple does not exercise editorial control over these, either -- they're all unapproved by Apple, as is the method for getting them on the phone in the first place.

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