And it goes back to the very inception of the platform over a decade ago. Although the design of the first iPhone seems like a foregone conclusion today, the iconic touchscreen device we know and love today was just one option on the table at the time. Even the iPod click wheel was a serious contender for a time. But perhaps the most significant early decision to be made involved software, not hardware. How should the iPhone run software?
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And it goes back to the very inception of the platform over a decade ago. Although the design of the first iPhone seems like a foregone conclusion today, the iconic touchscreen device we know and love today was just one option on the table at the time. Even the iPod click wheel was a serious contender for a time.
But perhaps the most significant early decision to be made involved software, not hardware. How should the iPhone run software? Apps, like on macOS? Or as web pages, using Safari?
That choice to fork macOS and build iPhoneOS had widespread implications and remains a contentious decision to this day. The full Safari engine is inside of iPhone. And so, you can write amazing Web 2. And these apps can integrate perfectly with iPhone services. They can make a call, they can send an email, they can look up a location on Google Maps. The web had long been a second-class citizen on iOS, which is ironic since the iPhone is largely responsible for the mobile web as it exists today.
Communication from web to app has improved significantly as well, with the introduction of message handlers. Like how console.
Now, when a notification comes into the app such as to notify the creation of a new object on the page that information can be passed with:. Add User Scripts to create hooks for webpage events that use Message Handlers to communicate status back to the app. The same approach can be used to scrape information from the page for display or analysis within the app. For example, if you wanted to build a browser specifically for NSHipster.
In addition to hiding page elements, you can use content blocking rules to prevent page resources from loading like images or scripts , strip cookies from requests to the server, and force a page to load securely over HTTPS.
Previously, taking screenshots of a web page meant messing around with view layers and graphics contexts. So a clean, single method option is a welcome addition to the API. WKWeb View truly makes the web feel like a first-class citizen. Even if you consider yourself native purist, you may be surprised at the power and flexibility afforded by WebKit.
In fact, many of the apps you use every day rely on WebKit to render especially tricky content. Message Handlers Communication from web to app has improved significantly as well, with the introduction of message handlers.
How to load a HTML string into a WKWebView or UIWebView: loadHTMLString()
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Use the stop Loading method to stop loading, and the is Loading property to find out if a web view is in the process of loading. If you allow the user to move back and forward through the webpage history, then you can use the go Back and go Forward methods as actions for buttons. By default, a web view automatically converts telephone numbers that appear in web content to Phone links. When a Phone link is tapped, the Phone app launches and dials the number.