HTML5 Apps Get Performance Boost With iOS 8
Previously, only HTML5 content that ran inside Safari could take advantage of the JIT, meaning that all hybrid apps ran more slowly. This wasn’t mentioned in the keynote, and only a few bloggers picked up on it. But it’s a big deal for an app development company like ArcTouch and for the enterprise. More on that in a minute, but first…
The Back Story
Why this iOS8 Update REALLY Matters
This news was not particularly interesting to the majority of people who attend WWDC, which is largely aimed at developers who develop native apps for iOS. And that’s probably why it didn’t make it into Apple’s keynote.
But for those of us making enterprise apps that need to support multiple platforms, this improvement means you can effectively write an app once, in HTML5, and use it for the Web, iOS, Android, or Windows Phone… and maintain performance parity across all those deployment targets. Now that both web apps and hybrid apps offer similar performance for HTML5 content, there’s good reason to consider using this for cross-platform development, which can lead to time savings.
This efficiency is especially important when you consider the increasing pressure on businesses to support BYOD (bring-your-own-device) policies with employees. Individual workers demand to use the technology/platforms they are most comfortable with. Which means IT departments need to support an array of devices and provide productivity applications that work across all of them.
Ultimately, these JIT changes make everything faster. And for app developers like us at ArcTouch, which already optimize apps to make them as fast as possible, they’re going to get faster still.