Tips and Tricks for iOS Web Development

This guest-tutorial is by Peter Witham owner of

As the amount of people on iOS devices grows, it is becoming increasingly important to design for these devices. In this tutorial you will learn a bag of tips and tricks for designing web apps for iOS.
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Adding an iPhone/iPad Icon for Your Website

When the iPhone launched a few years ago with web apps as the standard way of getting to content, Apple introduced a way to specify an icon for the website to be used if a user chooses to bookmark it to the homescreen. Even though a lot of the previous web apps are now native apps instead, you can still add this icon on your website for users wanting to bookmark it.
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Apple Wireless Keyboard

Gone are the days when wires were all standard and there were only a few wireless products on the market for keyboards and mice. As a laptop user myself, I find the need to use an external keyboard when stationed in my desktop-like workstation with an external monitor and because I am a Mac user, I opted to try the Apple Wireless Keyboard.

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Flash vs HTML5, It Is All Good!

With the iPhone and even more so, the iPad, another format war has begun. As with any format war, the two sides do everything to support their base and attack the other. I beg you to sit down and think about this and give me good reasons why this is necessarily as bad as everyone likes to say.

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The iPhone OS vs. Android Similarities

Another ongoing debate is that of the iPhone OS versus Android. Oddly enough, it is the same kind of debate there. It all boils down to the nature of competition for market share.


When Apple first introduced the iPhone OS it was an incredible new platform that has very much revolutionized the way we use cellphones. If you think back, before the iPhone, smartphones were very uncommon.

Since the introduction of the iPhone, we have yet to see any major new additions to the platform, either in terms of handsets or software. Now, I am certain we will because of Google’s Android operating system. It simply puts competition on the board for both companies, forcing them to come up with greater things.

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Aperture 3 Released

Apple has released Aperture 3, the latest update to their pro photo application. The new version has got a lot of brand new features, in fact, over 200 of them according to Apple’s official listings.

In my eyes, the most interesting new feature is called Brushes. It allows you to paint and retouch your photos using nondestructive brushes. Also useful is brand new adjustment presets, giving you dozens of professional effects to apply with a single click.

In terms of viewing the photos, you are given a better full-screen browser than before as well as increasingly advanced slideshow tools.

They are taking some of the iPhoto features, namely Faces and Places, into Aperture, being able to view geo-tagged photos on a map (places) and organize your portrait photos using face detection (faces).

Aperture 3 is available right now from the Apple Store. If you have a license to Aperture already, you can upgrade for $99, while a brand new license will run you $199. You can also get a 30-day trial of the application for free, on the website.

We are working on an Aperture 3 learning center with videos on the new features!

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