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iOS/Apple app??? Would they even accept it?

Discussion in 'XenForo Development Discussions' started by 0xym0r0n, Feb 12, 2013.

  1. 0xym0r0n

    0xym0r0n Well-Known Member

    So I've been doing some research as I am in process of making an app that retrieves the mobile version of my forum.

    As I read on in some other forums I see that apple has a habit of rejecting simple apps that retrieve websites... they really only want native developed apps (understandable).

    Does anyone have experience with this? If I were to just use UIwebview and submit an app that has a few buttons would apple reject it?

    If so I'm pretty sure I just wasted $100 on a license -.-

    I know tapatalk can submit forums but $30/m is pricey imo if i can get the same damn thing *just change up my theme a bit*
  2. digitalpoint

    digitalpoint Well-Known Member

    They would probably reject it if that's all it is. What would be the point of it anyway? The user can already put a bookmark to your webpage as an icon in their applications on their home page if they want.

    Would you be giving any benefit what-so-ever beyond them using a normal web browser? Like are you going to be sending them push notifications of stuff or anything?
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  3. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    In fact, isn't there less benefit?

    Aren't a lot of the acceleration features that are available in Safari disabled in the WebView UI?
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  4. digitalpoint

    digitalpoint Well-Known Member

    It's mostly that the "Nitro" JavaScript engine used by Safari isn't available to 3rd party apps.


    Most notably when they enabled Nitro via a jailbreak hack on Chrome, Chrome benchmarked 3.28x faster than before.
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  5. 0xym0r0n

    0xym0r0n Well-Known Member

    I've read there are work arounds for the performance issues.

    I know about the web clip, but I'd really like to use the notifications and alerts (which is why i even bothered with a ios license). On further reading (because I read some articles/forums to help me out) they won't even bother if it does include that.

    Kinda irks me since tapatalk can release an unmetered amount of forums. I've used it and I feel i can replicate that, but would it be acceptable to apple?

    I guess this is going to be trial and error and an annoying journey into getting a forum app acceptable enough for Apple. I have to make a more native app experience with what I have somehow.

    Plan B?
    Create an actual app for something related and include the forums in a separate tab lol.

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