The unstoppable success and popularity of Apple's iOS has been recognized by web app developers all over the world. With the most recent iOS8 release, Apple has announced getting friendly with the slow and steady HTML5 web technology. Irrespective of all the technical and performance breakdowns of HTML5, Apple has chosen it for developing serious iOS applications. Keep on reading this blog to find more about Apple getting friendly with HTML5.
What's made Apple embrace HTML5 development?
Although Google should have been leading HTML5 development, but it actually doesn't. Having introduced some of the most significant improvements for every iOS / iPhone app developer, Apple has made a brilliant contribution to boost overall consumer experience. It is Apple which has been successful in receiving the honor of becoming a champion of open source app development. The flexibility of reusing code across multiple platforms has encouraged iOS application developers to embed web code within their apps.
Apple's inclination towards HTML5 has been truly commendable
Apple's marketshare slip to Android- A key reason behind iOS developers' closeness to HTML5
Apple's affinity for HTML5 has taken place due to the downfall in the company's marketshare as compared to Google. As per a recent survey, it has been revealed that an Apple developer's mindshare has reduce to 52% from 56% in January 2013. Also, the mindshare of an HTML5 developer has increased to 54% from the earlier 52%in the previous year.
iOS8- Boosting HTML5 Development
There are some very big iOS8 features that have played a pivotal role in empowering HTML5 development. Here's a list of a few of them:
CSS Shapes Level 10- Serving as a built-in feature in iOS8, CSS Shapes Level 1 allows you to add dynamic text layouts to your application, thereby making it look like a magazine rather than a plain web page.
IndexedDB- With IndexedDB feature available in all iOS powered devices, it has become possible for app developers to build apps that can offer full support for web browsers including Safari, Chrome, IE Mobile along with partial support for IE 10/11 and Blackberry 10.
SVG Fragment Identifiers- As yet another powerful iOS8 feature, SVG Fragment Identifiers not only allows the developers to create mind-blowing gaming apps but it even permits them to add more dynamic icons and a variety of UI elements into different gaming applications. Currently available in iOS8 Safari, IE 10, 11 and Chrom; SVG Fragment IDs are a must-use for every iOS app developer.
WebGL- This is the hardware-accelerated 3D Graphics support that enables developers to create heavyweight gaming apps that need to be loaded with transitions and animations.
Navigation/High Resolution Timing APIs- With this iOS8 feature, developers can easily have a streamlined API that can be used for developing cross-platform mobile applications. These apps can further be tested for performance using specific app testing tools.
HTML5 development guarantees native iOS experience
Apple's collaboration with HTML5 has paved way for faster app development
Although you might have become familiar with iOS8's advanced support for HTML5, it is interesting to know that iOS app developers have actually been able to leverage HTML5 features for building top-grade mobile apps. WKWebView, an innovative replacement for UIWebView comes equipped with the Nitro JS engine that has been measured to have around four times more power and performance as compared to the conventional UIWebView. This added feature showcases a massive potential for creation of best quality hybrid apps. With Apple making continuous efforts to improve the user experience, a venture into HTML5 development has definitely served as a great help.
Time and now, Apple has been supporting anything and everything that's responsible for enhancing it's user's experience. Befriending HTML5 for app development is one such initiative that will see the success of iOS app developers as well as the satisfaction of iOS App users.
Author Signature: Addison Cohen is an iPhone app developer working with Appsted Ltd, a custom iPhone app development company. He loves sharing latest information on mobile technologies like iOS, Android development processes.