How HTML5 May Loosen Apple's Grip on the Mobile Apps Market
In a recent article we talked about how Steve Jobs, back in 2010, criticized the highly-proprietary nature of Adobe's Flash. By being an entirely closed system, the argument goes, applications development is far more arduous that it would be in a more open system. The irony, of course, is that this criticism is coming from Steve Jobs, whose Apple isn't exactly a paragon of openness. After all, the only way for iPhone and iPad users to load apps onto their devices is through Apple's app store. (Things are a little more open on Google's Android platform.)
But the irony only thickens when you realize that the technology that will loosen Apple's grip on the mobile market - HTML5 - is precisely what Flash was not: an open, developer-friendly language that supports functionality that, until now, were only available for devices on native applications. If it sounds too good to be true - well... be prepared to be surprised. Our HTML5 tutorial will show you how it can support video, offline reading, and a whole host of other functions that would previously require other platforms and software.