Swift 4.1, Xcode 9.3 and iOS 11.3! It was a new goodies week for sure but there was one feature that kinda snuck up on us all. iOS 11.3 now includes support for Progressive Web Apps.

But thankfully this is not really a return to the sweet solution because PWA's can be stored offline and installed to the home screen. Of course, they do only get access to web APIs which means none of the native fun stuff like running stuff in the background, push notifications, or anything else that a web app can't do. If you want to read more, Maximiliano Firtman has a good summary.

It's an interesting footnote on the release, but I'm not shocked that they didn't make a big deal of it. There'll be some developers that use it, but the App Store is going nowhere.

Dave Verwer  




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