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Apple reverses plans to disable iPhone web apps in EU

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Apple’s recent decision to reverse its plans to disable iPhone web apps in the European Union (EU) has been making waves in software-dev circles. The tech giant had initially planned to remove support for home screen web apps, also known as Progressive Web Apps (PWAs), citing security concerns. However, after receiving numerous requests to continue supporting PWAs, Apple has decided to reinstate this functionality in the upcoming public release of iOS 17.4.


The initial decision to disable PWAs was met with significant backlash from the developer community and regulators. Critics argued that Apple’s move would limit competition and stifle innovation. The EU regulators were also reportedly probing Apple’s decision, which may have contributed to the company’s reversal.


PWAs are a type of web app that can act like native apps, offering features such as dedicated windows, notifications, and local storage. They offer a way for developers to deliver app-like experiences to users without requiring them to download a full app from the App Store.


Apple’s reversal is seen as a win for the open web and a testament to the power of collective action. It also raises questions about the future of web apps and Apple’s role in shaping that future.


What are your thoughts on Apple’s decision to reverse its plans? Do you think this move will have a significant impact on the future of web apps? Share your views below.



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