The UK’s antitrust authority recently announced two more investigations into Apple. One of them is related to the obligation imposed by this company on developers to use the WebKit engine in web browsers for iOS. This matter was recently commented on by Pavel Durov, the creator of the popular Internet messenger Telegram.
Durow pointed out that due to the limitations of WebKit, the web version of the Telegram messenger offers less functionality to iOS and iPadOS users than on other platforms. In his opinion, Apple is deliberately using WebKit to hinder developers from creating web applications, to force them to create native applications published in the App Store, from which it can charge a commission. Finally, he added that in his opinion it was sad that more than ten years after Steve Jobs’ death, the company he founded, which once revolutionized the mobile application market, is now becoming an obstacle to its development.
Durov also cited two articles (one published on kanale WebKit on Telegram, the second one comes from the blog HTTP Toolkit), which describe in more detail the problems and limitations of the WebKit engine, including no support for push notifications, problems with the operation of text fields and the context menu, no support for some popular codecs and formats, uncontrolled page refresh and problems with displaying animated elements and smooth scrolling.
Source: Wiadomości z MyApple.pl by myapple.pl.
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