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Web Apps Versus Native Apps

First, I’ll define what I mean by “web app” and “native app” and consider the pros and cons of each.

What Is a Web App?

To me, a web app is basically a website that is specifically optimized for the iPhone. The site can be anything from a standard small-business brochure site to a mortgage calculator to a daily calorie tracker—the content is irrelevant. The defining characteristics of a web app are that the user interface is built with web-standard technologies, it is available at a URL (public, private, or behind a login), and it is optimized for the specifics of the iPhone. A web app is not installed on the phone, is not available in the iTunes App Store, and is not written with Objective-C.


  

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