Originally Posted by grking
It is interesting that you mentioned this. Wired had an article awhile back about the death of the web, which was ridiculed here.
However, Apple and RIM have two different visions.
With Apple's app approach, the web is dead (not the internet, but the web). The idea of the web is one of a set of interconnected sites, where you can jump from one site to another. So you go the NYT site, and then jump somewhere else.
However, with apps, this is not really the case. You open an app to go to a site for a specific set of information. Or you open the youtube app. With the app approach, things are more discrete and disconnected. So, with this approach, you need lots of apps to do "discrete" events, and you need lots of developers.
For RIM, the idea is fewer apps, and use the web and the browser to do things. Hence, you do not need as large an app store or as many developers.
We shall see what happens.
The wired article was rightly ridiculed since the data it was based on was completely misinterpreted.
What you've done here is completely misrepresent Apple's position on iOS and web development. Apple constantly stresses that there are 2 development platforms for iOS -- CocoaTouch and
HTML5. They've also actively discouraged apps that are nothing more than wrappers for web content. However, a) web apps don't, and never will, perform as well as native apps for some applications, b) native apps provide functionality even when offline (for whatever reason), c) developers can more easily monetize their efforts with native apps, and d) consumers strongly favor native apps over web apps. So, despite the first iPhone being web apps only (other than the built-in apps), and Apple's promotion of HTML5 for web apps, native apps are still what people want on their phones (and tablets, notebooks and desktops, I might add). The web is great for information, but for complex functionality, native apps will always rule.
RIM's "vision" is that they don't have any developer base for writing native apps and aren't going to garner one. So, they are hoping that web apps will fill that void. They won't.
Meanwhile, the web will remain healthy and vibrant, and rumors of it's death are completely fabricated. It just isn't going to become that giant app repository in the cloud that some think it will or should.