Revisiting Apple’s Mistake

Some years ago, I wrote a piece at Brighthand titled Apple Made a Mistake. My declaration was simple: Apple backtracked on their initial proclamation that applications on the iPhone (now iOS) would be web-based. When Jobs announced that there would be native apps made for the platform, it was applauded by all but me. And now, especially with the introductions of the Financial Times,Amazon Kindle, and several other web apps, it would seem that Apple might either be moving folks towards that route, or finally seeing the fruit of that decision. I’m not sure that this will work out well for either 3rd party devs or Apple in the long run. But, I am pretty certain that Apple is creating a situation where their involvement with Webkit is going to present more problems than benefits for them.