We’re giving our iOS app code to a company that’s already on the chopping block.
That’s not good enough.
A group of startup founders recently launched an effort to replace their iOS app with a fully fledged mobile web app.
The team behind the project, called The Appium Project, claims to have created a fully-functional, fully-tested and fully-licensed web app, which is essentially a standalone web app running on iOS.
The project’s founders are aiming to raise $3 million for the new app.
It’s unclear if the new code will make it onto the iOS app store, but it’s a promising sign for a nascent mobile app industry.
“It’s a very, very ambitious project,” said The Appia Project cofounder and founder, Zachary Tabor.
“And it is an incredibly important first step to actually getting an app in the hands of the people.”
The Appiac Project isn’t the first mobile app to use code from other iOS apps, but the project has one significant advantage: it’s already completed its development.
And it’s working on a web app for iOS.
Tabor said the project started as a way to get more people interested in mobile app development.
“A lot of people are just completely unaware of the importance of mobile app developers,” he said.
“We’re kind of trying to change that.”
It’s a lot easier to learn to code on the desktop than on a mobile device, Tabor pointed out.
And the web version of the app isn’t going to be as polished as the desktop version, since there are fewer features, but Tabor expects the app will be “much better than iOS.”
“If you’re a web developer, you’re going to feel the need to get better at iOS development,” he added.
The app itself isn’t entirely new.
The Appius project has also partnered with a bunch of other startup projects to make some of the apps they’ve made available on the iOS App Store.
And even if the app is complete and fully licensed, the app has been designed for the desktop, with features like auto-complete and automatic navigation.
“I think that this is a great first step, but that’s not the end,” Tabor told Ars.
“The Appium project is still in its very early days, but I think it’s really important that this gets out to as many people as possible.”
A new project has an interesting name.
The new app will make the Appium logo on the front of the iOS device.
But there’s no official name for the project yet.
Instead, Torkin said, he’s hoping to release an iOS version of his app at some point in the future.
“When we get that done, we’ll be ready to launch the app,” he told Ars by email.
“But for now, we’re going through the app and trying to figure out how to make it more stable.”