iOS 4.2 Brings Accelerometer & WebSockets Support To Mobile Safari
Ever since they fell out with Adobe, Apple has been actively advocating the use of HTML5 and other open web standards among the developer community. The company is learned to have formed a “creative technology group” that has been building interactive content with these tools.
In June this year, Apple launched a new section on their website that showcased the capabilities of such web standards to users.
With the roll out of iOS 4.2.1, Apple has now gone a step ahead in showcasing the power of such standards. The latest version of Mobile Safari will give web developers access to support for new features like accelerometer and WebSockets that could enhance the web browsing experience for users.
To demonstrate a scenario, developer Maximiliano Firtman has published a webpage titled ‘Move the Ball‘. Clicking on this link from an iOS 4.2 powered device will display a virtual ball that will move based on the orientation of the device. However, visiting this web page from any other platform will display a message that reads:
“Your browser does not support Device Orientation and Motion API. Try this sample with iPhone, iPod or iPad with iOS 4.2+“.
Of course, this is just one simple demonstration and it will be interesting to see how developers make use of these new features to enhance the internet browsing experience on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. How do you think such features will help iOS users? Do you see these technologies rendering Flash plugins redundant in future? Please share your opinion in the comments below.
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