iOS 4.3's Safari speed boost missing from web apps

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from  Omaha, NE
| March 16, 2011

iPhone 4

When Apple announced iOS 4.3 earlier this month, they explained that Safari would be getting a major speedboost thanks to its new Nitro JavaScript engine. Unfortunately for anyone using in-app browsers or web apps installed to the device's home screen, browsing done outside of the native Safari app will not enjoy the same boost, which can make browsing up to 2.5 times faster, says Ars Technica. The issue arises from the fact that only Safari can execute the dynamically generated native code stored in writeable memory necessary to see the speed gains that Nitro JavaScript brings. Apple is aware of the bug, but there are conflicting reports as to whether this move was intentional or not. Some believe that Apple is deliberately ignoring the problem in order to encourage devs to build native iOS apps rather than just using web apps.

No one but those inside Apple right now really knows for sure whether this issue will get ironed out in a future iOS update or not, but I've got a feeling that the bug will eventually get squashed. Sure, Apple wouldn't mind getting more apps in the App Store, but it's not like they've been anti-web app in the past, so I don't see why they suddenly would feel that way with iOS 4.3. What do you all think? Is the bug intentional, or will Apple patch it at some point in the future?

Via Engadget, Ars Technica

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