Does Apple Care About Facebook’s Transition to Native over HTML5?

Jason Grigsby on the Cloud Four blog thinks no:

I doubt Apple cares how much HTML Facebook uses in its app. And if it does, it is being hypocritical. All of the following Apple-made iOS apps use embedded webviews in some capacity:

  • App Store
  • Newstand
  • iTunes
  • iBooks
  • iTunes U
  • Podcasts
  • Cards
  • Apple Store

And that’s not counting the fact that both the iAd and iBooks formats are built on HTML5. Why aren’t people clamoring for Apple to create a “native” version of iBooks or the App Store?

While he makes some valid points, I think that HTML5’s cause isn’t helped by a big player like Facebook backing out from using it.

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