Long before the App Store was the safe and reliable place to discover the applications that Apple offers us, or the reason for one of the most important lawsuits in the history of the company, since Cupertino, they have thought of a different way of managing the applications that accompany us today. During WWDC 2007, Steve Jobs asked developers to create web applications for iPhone, accessible via Safari.
Although web apps were a temporary fix that Apple replaced the following year, several companies, such as Facebook and Google, followed these parameters and created mobile versions of their websites designed just for the iPhone screen
There was a “before” of the App Store
At first glance, the first solution to get apps on iPhone We are far from the interface currently available in the App Store. But in theory, the directory of web applications was not much different from that of the App Store. It offered categories and required developers to submit their app for approval.
According to a review done from 9to5mac, the developers ended up creating remarkable predecessors of their native apps. Some of the most popular apps in early 2008 These were FedEx, a dictionary, mobiChess, and an app called MacLight, which simulated a campfire on his device, as can be seen in the following images.
Fortunately, the nostalgic or those who have not lived the first days of the iPhone, have the opportunity to try the first “App Store”. Currently, it is possible to browse web application directory listings and review Apple’s original explanations., from your computer or iPhone, in this file on the Internet. Go ahead and compare the experience!