New Web.app in 2.1 - Web apps without Safari

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  1. Anonymouslyanonymous

    Anonymouslyanonymous Member

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    Have you ever wondered what the mysterious, new app that resided in /Applications on firmware 2.1, actually did?

    Have you heard rumors of a new feature in the 2.0 firmware that allowed users to use web apps in full screen mode? But have never been able to try this feature?


    Well the small web.app actually allows you to use web-apps without Safari on the iPod Touch/iPhone 2.1 OS.

    Web-apps promised to make native mobile applications a dying breed. But, with web-apps requiring a constant wireless connection and the need to run within a mobile web browser, native applications are still running strong. But, with the iPhone 2.1 OS, Apple has taken the first step to making web-applications just as powerful and convenient as natively installed mobile applications.

    A little-known feature has apparently been rolled out with the iPhone 2.1 OS update, enabling users to use web-apps in full-screen mode without firing up their iPhone Safari browser. The iPhone has offered the option of saving a web-app as a homescreen icon (Add to Homescreen), and even allowed for the bookmarking regular webpages as homescreen icons. But, with iPhone 2.1 OS, web-apps can apparently be saved to the homescreen and can be run independently of Safari.

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    Want to check out the full-screen web-app mode? All you have to do is:

    ~ Fire up your iPhone’s Safari browser
    ~ Navigate to “http://webapp.net.free.fr/Demo/Index.html” [Link is case sensitive]

    ~ Save the webpage/web-app to your homescreen
    ~ Hit the “+” button along the bottom navigation bar
    ~ Select “Save to Homescreen”

    ~ Go back to your homescreen and fire up the newly saved web-app
    ~ Enjoy using the web-app in full-screen mode with 100% less Safari - Notice the absence of any browser navigation controls (URL field, bookmark button,etc.)

    Only web-apps coded to take advantage of full-screen web browsing can launch on its own, without the need to initiate the Safari browser. Web-apps running in full-screen mode work and feel just like the native iPhone applications that you would download through iTunes AppStore, but will work a bit more sluggishly as the web-app pulls down wireless data over your data-connection.

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    Now that web-apps can be run without the need to fire up the Safari browser, we’re waiting on Apple to enable offline web-application data storage. Web-apps that can run without a browser and work without a constant network connection could very well give native applications a serious run for their AppStore-money.




    Source: IntoMobile
  2. EvanXTC

    EvanXTC Banned

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    Already brought up, but its great though!
  3. Apple Guy

    Apple Guy Well-Known Member

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    I was wondering what that was today!
  4. IpodTouchFan0815

    IpodTouchFan0815 New Member

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    I'm sorta confused and just a heads up the link is down and how do you add web apps to ur homescreen and use them without wifi? Can someone please explain this to me? Thx in advance!
  5. Anonymouslyanonymous

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    The link shouldn't be down, I just checked it 5 minutes ago. The link is case sensitive so make sure you type it correctly.

    The web.app application doesn't allow you to use webapps without wifi. It just allows you to use the web apps in full screen without the safari buttons and toolbar. You will still need a wifi/internet connection.
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    k thx and are the webapps in the demo thing?
  7. berky93

    berky93 New Member

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    this is cool, but pointless. I mean the only real reason youd want to save a webapp like this was to either use a special function thats better without the nav bar, or to use it offline. well without offline this function only helps a tiny bit of the available webapps.

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