Tuesday, October 7, 2008

iPhone - Run Web Apps in Fullscreen

One of the new features of the latest iPhone firmware update is the option to run a Web App in fullscreen. Web Apps are regular websites specificaly designed for the iPhone, usually mimicking it's native interface and behavior using javascript.

What this means is that it is now possible to create a site that can visually indistinguishable from a native iPhone App (apart from the slower performance - we're still talking about internet served web pages.)

All you have to do to use a Web App in full screen is to save it to your Home Screen.

You can try it with this demo App.

  • Go to the demo app page using Safari on the iPhone
  • Press "+" on the bottom of the Safari screen
  • Select "Add to Home Screen"
  • Save the App to your Home Screen
  • Tap the newly created icon on your home screen
  • You should now be using the Demo app without the Safari top and bottom menus.
One more indication of the way things wil be in the future - with native and webapps seaminglessly integrating with eachother.

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