[Webkit-unassigned] [Bug 268643] [iOS 17.4 Beta (21E5184k)] REGRESSION: PWA added to Home Screen are forced to open in Safari

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Mon Mar 11 22:19:39 PDT 2024


Tixie <webkitbugs at tixie.name> changed:

           What    |Removed                     |Added
             Status|NEW                         |RESOLVED
         Resolution|---                         |FIXED

--- Comment #50 from Tixie <webkitbugs at tixie.name> ---
Hello everyone,
After a hell of a roller-coster I can confirm that since the stable iOS 17.4 have been release on March 5 (and considering the small statement Apple made half hidden behind an accordion on https://developer.apple.com/support/dma-and-apps-in-the-eu/) progressive web app added to Home Screen are back to their original behavior, aka:
- openable in full screen
- local data persistency (longer than the 7days applied to in-browser apps)
- web push notifications & icon badge (and their system level integration in notifications settings like any native app)
- And I may have forgot some, feel free to complete

Additional note: for those who tested the beta EU version, the preexisting added to home apps not “converted into bookmarks” (so, not launched during that time), can be launched again since the stable 17.4 release without fear of losing the locally stored data or cookies.

Indeed, there are still a lot to do to allow PWAs to have a great experience and integration closer to what native apps have (thinking about thinks like in-browser install prompts like native apps, or web share target). But that’s a different and broader subject(s) out of scope of this ticket.

But for the issue described in the ticket: *I consider it resolved*. Things are back like they used to be before iOS 17.4 beta.

So to conclude a bit: despite that bitter taste of being gaslighted left by how Apple’s legal department handled this case with silence until the last moment and very few declarations, I would like *to sincerely thanks* the people who took the decision to rollback the breaking change. Thank you!

I’m also sending all my kind regards to all the folks from Apple web department who had to face panty of angry developers and business owners who online impacted by that regressive decision despite the more than probable fact that they weren’t involved at all in this poor decision, considering all the recent work they’ve done to make the web experience better on the Apple ecosystem the past few years. �� to you!

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