TiPb Answers: Why No WebApp for Apple's WebApp Site?

TiPb loves answering your emails, but we also love sharing our answers with the community in hopes that more people will benefit, and even better answers will present themselves (hey, that's why we have them forums!). Today's question comes from Jozsoo:

Is there an iPhone-friendly version of the web apps section of Apple's site? Seems odd to me that the iPhone maker has no such tailor-made service on its site. Or am I missing something? Maybe you could cover this on your blog for others, too, to know.

TiPb answers, after the jump!

To the best of our knowledge, there is no iPhone optimized version of the Apple WebApps page for MobileSafari. Curious that. On first blush, it may seem that Apple is merely doing what they promised: providing a real web page for a the first mobile device capable of displaying "just the internet".

Is this strange, however, in the face of promoting other sites like Facebook and Amazon that do provide iPhone optimized WebApps? (We're not talking games here that require more complex AJAX-based interactivity -- though Facebook can be buggy enough to crash MobileSafari almost regularly...)

It seems like Apple could show a little leadership here and create that very MobileSafari optimized version of that page. Call it WebApp Central (because "Store" would be inappropriate), and make it the drop dead easy (and gorgeous) way to add browser links and WebClips to our Home screens for every great WebApp out there (because there are still many).

Anyone know of a great 3rd party WebApp for WebApp sites that Jozsoo and the rest of us might like?

Rene Ritchie

Editor-in-Chief of iMore, co-host of Iterate, Debug, ZEN and TECH, MacBreak Weekly. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter, App.net, Google+.

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There are 10 comments. Add yours.

Zyber Joe says:

I use to know of one.....

Jozsoo says:

Thanks, Rene, for the spotlight. It sure would be funner :) if there were an iPhoneier way of browsing among web apps.

WatersWest says:

Try the following site from iLounge. It makes looking for apps much easier when in mobile Safari ...
www.ilounge.com/mobile#_apps

jozso says:

Thanx, WatersWest! iLounge is the kind of thing I've been looking for.

jiznerdo says:

Here's a little something I threw together last night that shows an updated list of the most recent webapps Apple has listed for the iPhone:
http://www.qualityparts.com/webapps/

jiznerdo says:

oops...forgot to say about the above....it does so in an iPhone-friendly format, which is the whole point. :-)

Steve says:

I think one of the main reasons is due to revenue from the Appstore and the fact that Apple would rather push this (native apps) than the webapps.
I wonder if a native app was created would they approve it ? or has it been done already using rss feeds from their webapp site...

jiznerdo says:

Steve--check two posts above yours (or this one) for a webapp I created that uses the Apple RSS feeds to show the latest webapps in an iPhone-friendly format, unlike the Apple site.
(Sorry if I misunderstood your question--sounded like you were asking if anyone did what I did...)

Ben Roberts says:

I just finished creating a webapp store for iphone webapps. I need to add quite a bit to it, but its a start. http://webappstore.spwire.com.

Rory Buckley says:

Hey Ben - your above link appears to be offline, just to let you know.