HTML5 champion The Financial Times gets ready to ditch iOS app

by Doug Drinkwater

May 2 2012

The Financial Times' HTML5 app has won widespread praise
The Financial Times' HTML5 app has won widespread praise

Marking a significant moment for the future of web-based mobile applications, news publisher The Financial Times has revealed plans to switch off its iPad and iPhone app once and for all.

The publisher turned to HTML5, having become disgruntled by the fees and publisher rights demanded by Apple, when submitting applications to the App Store. The FT subsequently saw its web-app user-base overtake that of the iOS version in just three months. 

Despite having pulled the iOS app from iTunes halfway through last year, the FT did keep the version running so that subscribers with it already installed could continue to use the application. However, with ever falling user numbers and a number of pressing maintenance issues, paidContent says that the publisher now plans to render the app unusable over the next month.

The FT recently acquired Assanka, the developers behind its HTML 5 web app, with the publisher having since rebranded the development group as the “FT Lab”.

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