The late Steve Jobs’ “sweet solution” for getting apps on the original iPhone — before the App Store was invented — was met with a collective sigh of disappointment. “Web apps,” as they were called, were essentially a way to bookmark a website on your iPhone’s home screen. They took forever to load, especially over the first iPhone’s EDGE connection, and they couldn’t even use all of the iPhone’s features the same way that “native” apps could.
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