Apple is phasing out UIWebView, which is used by developers for integrating web content into an app in a quick and secure manner. Apple is replacing UIWebView (and WebView) with WKWebView, an updated version, as UIWebView has been deprecated.
Apple originally told developers that app updates with UIWebView would no longer be accepted as of December 2020, but Apple is now providing additional time for developers to adopt WKWebView and has extended the deadline period. There's no new deadline in place at this time, with Apple planning to provide an update at a later time.
Along with the deadline extension, Apple today also informed developers that App Store server notifications are able to provide real-time updates on a subscriber's status, allowing for customized user experiences.
There's an option to be notified when a subscriber auto-renews and an option that lets you know when the App Store begins asking users to agree to a new subscription price, letting developers send reminders about a service's value.
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Basically, what Apple is saying is that they no longer care about any of those interesting corner cases that WKWebView can't handle, and that developers who need to do these things should choose another platform. That's why folks are shocked that Apple is doing this, just like we were all shocked when they deprecated UIWebView before making WKWebView a full-featured replacement.
Implementation of this ridiculous policy doesn't need to be delayed. It needs to be canceled outright until such time as WKWebView can replace EVERY use case for UIWebView. Best case is late 2021.
I really don’t mind if there’s HTML based sections, text, graphics or even full browser functionality. Even in the online case, a lot of the times I really don’t want to get out of the app.
Example: chatting on Discord and someone sends a link to an animated gif, it would be annoying to tap it and the thing pans to a new app safari tab window, see it, click on the open tabs display, close that last one, app change back to discord... nah, it’s good to see the image open in built-in browser, tap done when... well, done.
Example 2, I actually mostly read macrumors at random hours of the day (like currently 3am) on my phone via the RSS reader app Feedly.
I think it’s definitely a webview for the links opened, with an option to open in safari button, share and whatnot... 99.9% of the time I’m just inside feedly’s builtin browser, including this very same comment. Once done I just tap done and get to where I was on the feed list.