Linked by Kroc Camen on Sat 29th May 2010 20:41 UTC
Apple I've been meaning to write this for some time, and for all the time I delayed the more poignant the point I wanted to make started to become as new news came out further solidifying my angle. When I begun writing this article the iPad had not yet been revealed, iPhone OS 4 was not on the map and Apple had not yet purchased Lala. You've probably just noticed that all of these events in fact point toward Apple embracing the web more and in this article I will point out why this is not the case because I believe Apple's agenda here is similar to something we've already seen in recent history.
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No, the iPad didn't do anything...
by Googol on Sun 30th May 2010 17:02 UTC
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at large, for HTML5 -- Google and others are embracing it and the decision to do so didn't just pop out of nowhere. Of course Google didn't need any inspiration from the iPad here. Google is a force in the market user numbers-wise, while the iPad, and even Apple in general, is not.

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Before the iPad, there was no reason to move away from Flash to HTML5 unless you were building something new and targeting HTML5. Flash would continue to work, so why waste time and resources changing? After the iPad, there was no option any more. If the iPad becomes anything as popular as the iPhone and you’re a site with 1M+ visitors then you cannot ignore this market easily. People who use their iPhones to find businesses and are confronted with a Flash prompt simply don’t ever go back to those sites.

That is the point of this article -- that just as making a site that doesn’t work with Firefox now is practically suicide, I believe the iPad will get to a stage where it simply can’t be ignored if you’re in business. I would say that the iPhone is already there, and I have every belief that Apple are not aiming anything less than the same with the iPad.

Google provided the technology, Apple provided the incentive to use it.

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Google provided the technology? Please. Google gave us their proprietary hack for offline apps Gears and then deprecated it because Apple gave Webkit superior offline storage.

Both Apple and Google are providing the tech. Google was promoting it and then abandoned promotion to use Flash as a blunt instrument against Apple. Apple is providing the tech and promoting it.

Apple intro'ed the most advanced mobile web browser with the iPhone for web apps, and the consumer and developers asked for native apps.

Apple may not "embrace" the web, but they aren't doing anything at all to hinder it.

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