Solip I agree..It's frustrating to be bombarded by websites telling me they have an "app". Though I would not mind if I could just check a box saying "Thanks, do not remind me again."
I do NOT want a Citibank app or some other sensitive app on my phone accessing other info. The lines between work, home, entertainment, finance, etc. are blurring on mobile platforms. For some, it is good and worth the convenience. For me personally I'm not adopting this approach, at least yet, until I'm satisfied apps can be trusted (might be a while or never). I love how Google shows what permissions apps need. However it seems like almost ALL apps ask for way too many. So the options are either do not use them, or be left wondering what they're doing. Is Citibank accessing my Facebook app, which is accessing my call log? I don't know.
But it seems like every site has an "app" now. Why not just focus on making a GOOD mobile site. For example the Chase website is great. Nice big buttons, simple interface, little amount of text. Good design. Facebook's site is decent, but it is missing functionality from the desktop site for no reason. I often use the desktop site on my phone.
Anyhow the new Safari sounds interesting, I generally like the sounds of it. I hope it fixes that bug where if you leave pages open for a while in tabs when you click back to them they reload (they do not stay cached) and it would also be nice if hitting the back button didn't show a blank page once you disconnect. (I have spotty wifi reception.)
I love that Google and Apple are in a way really helping each other and the community with WebKit. Every time I open IE I am just appalled at how ugly it is and how difficult the UI is. Each version gets worse, too. I hope WebKit beats IE into the ground. Sure competition is good. I just hope it inspires Apple and Google to make a far better product. IE is still extremely fast in performance and also has a lot of options and preferences that WebKit could stand to gain. But I mainly use whatever browser has the best GUI. For now that's Safari. It has been for a while. One thing I wish Safari would copy from Firefox would be the option to use site favicons in the bookmark bar as an option, unless it's there and I'm missing it...