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Apple unafraid of, helping Facebook's Project Spartan

updated 08:45 pm EDT, Fri June 17, 2011

Apple knows of Facebook HTML5 app plan

Apple is not only aware of Facebook's Project Spartan but may even be helping it out, fresh leaks uncovered on Friday. The iPhone maker is thought to be lending "minor support" to the HTML5 app project because it doesn't see the initiative as a threat to the App Store. This might be due to the quality of the apps themselves as the quality is "laughable" next to a native app, according to TechCrunch.

Apple may also see undermining Adobe's advocacy of Flash as more important than whatever success Facebook might have.

Whether or not Apple knows about the use of Facebook Credits and the social network's supposed intentions of challenging the App Store isn't clear. However, the company has supposedly been taking steps to try and control the spin of Project Spartan by portraying itself as friendly to both HTML5 and native code.

The caution may be due to Facebook's rocky relationship with Apple. Insiders alleged that Facebook has antagonized Apple before and has been facing the consequences. Apple supposedly treated Facebook like an "abusive spouse" for its past attitude and has left Facebook eager to avoid any sense of direct confrontation. Its months of work on the native Facebook iPad app could potentially have been leverage on getting Project Spartan done, although this wasn't confirmed.

The two companies have had a touch and go relationship, having seen Ping lose support at the last minute over a fight even as Apple integraces Facebook uploading into iLife and elsewhere. Apple's decision to have deep Twitter integration in iOS 5 may have been a slap at Facebook by showing that Apple had more trust in the micro-messaging service.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I don't know if TechCrunch is a fan site?

    It sounds like they don't have technical knowledge - maybe they didn't see the demo of an entire PC emulator with OS running inside a javascript emulator.

    But frankly the quality is not laughable - but frankly amazing.

    You really can't judge this by what a few developers do in a few short months - there is no reason the quality will be anything but superb - in the end it just depends upon developer support - talented ones.

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple helped invent this technology

    Apple had canvas support back in 2004 - heck they invented it.

    With the advent of super fast javascript interpreters and many of apple's technologies being adopted as part of HTML5 - the tech can really do absolutely anything a native app can do - after all you have full control - its up to the limits of your abilities what you can do. Of course it will replace flash.

    certain types of games will run faster natively - 3d shooters and what not, you'd want to do that native.

    Anything else - can easily be done in html5/javascript these days.

  1. Geoduck

    Joined: Dec 1969



    " the tech can really do absolutely anything a native app can do"
    Except for run when there's no network connection.

  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Kiss that buggy Flash bloatware goodbye

    Questions: Why does it take Adobe so long to fix bugs in Flash? And why does it take them so long to port Flash to various devices?

    Answers: Because they didn't write Flash and they didn't bother re-writing it to be maintainable or portable. Macromedia wrote Flash, Adobe bought Macromedia, and now Flash is Adobe's problem.

    Glad to see Facebook using forward-looking technology.

  1. sessamoid

    Joined: Dec 1969


    And all the Macromedia folks

    Not only did Adobe not write Flash, all the Macromedia people that designed and wrote Flash all left Adobe quite some time ago.

  1. Gazoobee

    Joined: Dec 1969


    There was nothing ...

    ... in the original information on this topic that really indicated that Facebook was "attacking" Apple or doing anything that Apple didn't want or like, and nothing to indicate that it was anything other than a smaller walled garden for Facebook itself.

    Interesting how the same tech press that turned the original leak into some big scary "Apple being attacked" story, is now turning around and peddling the other side as if this is a "new development"' of some kind.

    It isn't.

    This is a classic "World Didn't End Last Friday As Predicted" kind of story.

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