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Does Apple slow down web applications saved on the main iOS screen?

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Recently some data have appeared that may bring about controversy regarding Apple’s position on web applications. If they are true, we would be talking about a performance blocking of those applications in iOS depending on their mode of use. Such a crash may be intentional, or it may simply be a system error that the developers of the system have not noticed.

Does Apple slow down web applications saved on the main iOS screen?
Does Apple slow down web applications saved on the main iOS screen?

It turns out that running a web application directly from Safari takes full advantage of the power of the Nitro JavaScript engine, which debuts in the latest iOS version 4.3. But if we save a shortcut to that application as an icon on our home page and open it from there, the Nitro JavaScript engine isn’t used (it looks like another engine is being used) and performance drops . As we can see in the image above, a series of tests that take 4 seconds to run from the browser increase to 10 seconds (about 11, in fact) when run by opening them with an icon from the main system screen.

It’s very easy to suspect Apple with a method to give us the impression that web applications are slower than native ones (we all know Apple’s preferences in this regard ), but we insist that it may well be a system error that would be corrected in the next update. At the moment, the company has been informed of this and has already warned that some defects are due to the rendering of web applications when opening them from the home page, defects that at the moment they have no plans to fix.

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