1. Phillip Swanson's Avatar

    The Financial Times is sticking it to Apple and releasing their HTML 5 web app to circumvent Apple's 30 percent cut of in-app subscriptions.

    Good for them.

    Steve Jobs and Apple's touting of HTML 5 as the future of the interwebs could come back to haunt them as HTML 5 and cloud computing matures. The browser app is already incredibly functional on both the iPhone and iPad as well as any other mobile browsing platform Android or otherwise. It does a great job of mimicking a native iOS or Android application.

    Some benefits of using HTML 5 as the backbone to their web app is updates don't need to be downloaded and applied to multiple platforms. It essentially eliminates the logistical nightmare of developing applications for multiple OS platforms and maintaining teams to update those applications. While the App is currently optimized for iPad and iPhone users, FT says the app will be adapted for Android based devices as well.

    FT CEO John Ridding highlighted some other benefits in a few comments he made:

    “The FT Web App offers our customers flexibility and freedom of choice with access to our global journalism anytime, anywhere, with a single login or subscription. In a world of increasingly digital complexity we want to keep our service simple, easy to use and efficient to offer our customers the best possible experience of FT journalism.”
    The publisher also conceded some of the difficulties in developing an HTML 5 web app, which are mostly a result of the youth of the technology.

    The breadth of tools and documentation available for native apps and even desktop HTML5 development is just not there for mobile-based web app development. In addition the usual testing tools for both functional and performance testing do not exist, so we had to invent our own systems and processes to make sure the app worked effectively.
    Check out the FT's web app here.

    Source: TechCrunch
    2011-06-07 08:13 PM
  2. GmAz's Avatar
    Just wait, I'm sure Apple will somehow make up a way that even HTML5 apps needs to follow some nazi *** rule.
    2011-06-07 09:03 PM
  3. newyor's Avatar
    haha, respect to FT
    2011-06-07 11:20 PM
  4. PatrickGSR94's Avatar
    That's pretty awesome. And the new "reader" function of Safari in iOS 5 will make sites like this even better.
    2011-06-07 11:55 PM
  5. brownan's Avatar
    Just wait, I'm sure Apple will somehow make up a way that even HTML5 apps needs to follow some nazi *** rule.
    lol yeah they probably will
    2011-06-09 04:12 AM
  6. shaquk's Avatar
    Just wait, I'm sure Apple will somehow make up a way that even HTML5 apps needs to follow some nazi *** rule.
    What? you mean Apple is not all sweet and nice to everybody trying to just make an honest living unless they get a 30% share of their hard earned living? Quelle Surprise!!!!! I am shocked

    I am sure if Stevie boy will find a way to restrict the access of "Apple uncertified" HTML web apps through Safari, which will again drive a lot of users (2% of all iOS device owners?) to jailbreak their devices. He will argue its for all our own safety as malware via WEB APPS have been an issue....mark my words...!!
    2011-06-09 11:37 AM
  7. bignighttrain's Avatar
    This is why Apple is taking over it's not sky net like in Terminator it's Apple. On another note apple will say it's not apple certified HTML script there making the apps with so they will be rejected for breaking the rules apple set in place knowing someone someday would create something like this maybe they'll end up selling the whole thing to apple for a load of Cash who knows..
    2011-06-18 03:19 AM