iPhone Apps getting deserted slowly

Tags: iPhone apps

The most successful technological advancement that the world noticed last year was the growth of iPhone applications.  iPhone applications where one of the main success stories all the major  tech news reports that we saw last year.  Developers came out with a handful of excellent applications for the much sought after mobile of Apple.  Many software companies manage to make a good fortune by selling their iPhone application software in the world wide market.

But now the growing trend that we witnessed last year is changing slightly.  Many developers have started moving away from Apple’s platform, and have started returning to web technologies, for the preparation of mobile applications.

Mobile web applications that work on iPhone are produced by many leading companies including Twitter, Techmeme and Nextstop . Most of them are based on HTML 5, and hence work like regular applications, and are compatible on a Safari browser.

e.g. the jQuery iPhone reference uses jQTouch

This approach has a lot of benefits.

• Developers need not use Mac or buy an iPhone SDK, for the development of such applications.
• You are free to use the server technology and language of your choice. You need not stick on to Objective – C.
• Developers are free to adapt any existing web application without rewriting any basic part of the application.
• These applications don’t need the approval of Apple.  The application and the update can be released immediately.  Developers have to wait for a minimum of three weeks to get Apple’s approval.
• The application will be cross platform and will easily work on a PC or another mobile.
• As iPhone users already have a browser, launching web pages is not tough. 

Apple held the monopoly of mobile phone applications so far, but has gone far down in the market, with the discovery of new applications from competitors like Mozilla.  Fennec , Mozilla’s mobile browser  for Nokia and Android handsets, is all set to end the dominance of Apple. With the discovery of Fennec, Mozilla claims to have the fastest mobile JavaScript engine. 

Developers can now do a browser based coding easily, and don’t have to focus on mobile platforms alone. 

These developments in mobile phone applications are proving highly unsafe for Apple, predicting a slow fading of the popularity iPhone apps.

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