Apple's killing iPhone web apps

Steve Jobs wouldn't be happy about this.

Back in 2007, when Steve Jobs launched the iPhone, the Apple co-founder was dead set against third-party apps on the iPhone.

“Cingular doesn’t want to see their West Coast network go down because some application messed up,” he said.

Instead, Jobs talked up web apps. These are apps that are like mini websites. They can be installed on your iPhone, and act like a native app, but they run off the web. Amazon’s Luna cloud gaming is a web app, for example.

Your iPhone has supported web apps for many years, but you were possibly unaware. They never really took off.

And now Apple’s about to kill them off for good. Here’s why Apple is doing that, and why you shouldn’t really care (which you probably didn’t anyway!)

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