Whether you love them or hate them, no one can deny the success Apple has had with its iOS devices and the App Store. Although they are selling these products in record numbers, many still refuse to buy in due to multiple factors. The omission of Flash support, a technology used in many popular websites, is the first one that comes to mind.

But it doesn’t stop there. Apple has also been attacked on its strict App Store policies, such as, denying applications for odd and unclear reasons. In fact, their unyielding control over their ecosystem is what leads many people to jailbreak

It looks like Apple is at it again. According to The Next Web, Apple might be limiting the speeds of web-based applications in their latest version of iOS 4.3. Developers are reporting that web apps, launched from an iDevice home screen, load much slower than when opened within Safari.

Web-based applications get a fair amount of love from Apple. The new AirPlay enhancement in iOS 4.3 allows them to stream audio and video content to an Apple TV. A web app can also be bookmarked and saved as an icon on an iOS home screen, making it look like a normal application. (iDB even has its own nifty little web app.)

With web apps loading significantly slower when launched from a home screen icon, it’s apparent Apple’s kindness is running out. These apps are showing no signs of the new Nitro Javascript engine we keep hearing about.

Why would Steve Jobs and company want people to think web apps are lower in quality than apps from their App Store? If you think about it, it’s pretty obvious. The more downloads and purchases that run through iTunes and the App Store means more revenue for the Cupertino giant.

Apple has declined to comment on the matter, but a casual stroll through their user forums will show this is a very real issue.

Will Apple fix this? Or are they one step closer to totalitarian rule over their products?

  • Apple wants to take over the world. Their selfish.

    • soccerkrzy

      Their selfish what?

      • Kuipo

        Selfish ass. 

    • Jon Garrett

      another reason why Im getting an Android tablet and when my contract runs out on my iphone 4, Im seriously considering getting an Android phone.

      • Manuel

        I rather have Apple and their control on the App Store, knowing I can get pass it with Cydia, then having the App Store look like the Android Market and deal with Viruses. If you don’t use Cydia, then maybe you might want to go and get an Android phone.

        Just remember, your going to have a phone that needs an outlet every 4 or 5 hours, probably a spare battery, a crappy market that has nothing, no games, no real apps, no real use for things like widgets or toggles which SB Settings already covers. Forgot to mention how open source means someone can hijack your phone if you download an app that isn’t great. Let’s not forget that you won’t get your OS updated unless you have a new phone since Android hates updating their users and force them to buy new phones.

        You finger’s new friend will be task killer, which you will use every time you hit an app and open it and even when you don’t, you’ll still have to use it based on Android opening all apps and giving you no true way to close them.

        If you want all that, then I hope you enjoy your Android Phone 🙂

  • herdxy

    Perhaps it was a mistake that was missed during beta testing, web apps don’t run with mobilesafari

    • Xepptizz

      It should’ve though, but maybe the releasedates of the other tablets made apple rush things a bit more.
      As for apple being a moneygrabbing and powerhungry company, well, which company isn’t? They all suck, suck your wallets dry from cash that is.

      I mean Apple is very supportive when you want to purchase something, but their customer support has been more than just lackluster.

      • Knowerofrealfacts

        AppleCare the customer support for all Apple products has been number 1 in the world for more than the last 10 years and is hardly lacking. Not only that but Dell is second behind apple in customer support and are second by almost half of Apple’s commanding lead. Please get your facts right.

  • Manual. Wtf are you on about and where did u get your information I use androide and ios and most of what you said is utter bull shit there’s are plenty of games on androids not to forget that on my iPhone 4 I have to pay for the full version of angrybirds but on my android I get the full versions free closing apps is equally the same as ios viruses where are they? Battery life has not even come into mind as it has not been an issue apps plenty of them. Androide allows u to stop all data usage so u don’t get a nice high bill apple does not. I could go on and get more technical but I’m chucking a shit right now hay apple can I plz clean my ass 🙂

    • Absolute Victory Unlosing Ranger

      actually, u can disable data usage too.. apparently u don’t know your phone too well

    • Android is also spelt without the E at the end.

      You cannot compare robots to fruit. PLEASE

  • Manual. Wtf are you on about and where did u get your information I use androide and ios and most of what you said is utter bull plop there are plenty of games on androids not to forget that on my iPhone 4 I have to pay for the full version of angrybirds but on my android I get the full versions free closing apps is equally the same as ios viruses where are they? Battery life has not even come into mind as it has not been an issue apps plenty of them. Androide allows u to stop all data usage so u don’t get a nice high bill apple does not. I could go on and get more technical but I’m chucking a shit right now hay apple can I plz clean my butt 🙂

    • Xepptizz

      Recently it was reported bij google that a few dosen android apps rape your phone…..HARD. Seriously though the apps were named similar to popular apps and had root acces I believe.

  • neardeath

    hmmm seems you can couldn’t with the 3gs the settings where not there 1point to apple.

  • JustSomeGuy

    First off, a little investigation will show that web apps are using a different java engine, and are already, by default, slower than native apps. They just are.
    This will either be addressed or it won’t, but it’s not a sign of them attempting to force anyone’s hand and for the love of all things Holy it is NOT a reason to buy anything Android.
    Android will be gone soon anyway.

    • Xepptizz

      Im not sure about that, they are increasing their marketshare continuesly and it aint slowin down just yet. Though the report also claimed it was because of how user friendly android is. Yet I’ve always assumed Android to be the more complicated os.

  • kokhean

    I just want to say that the iDB web app is not saving correctly here.

  • Having an App rather then a Mobile Web App is a much better solution.

    Apple killing web apps will only generate revenue for the Dev’s licence. The being said, I don’t think Apple is taking it that far.