Technology giant Apple has removed a pro-Palestinian mobile application from its roster of hosted programmes after Israel complained it incited users to violence.
The "Third Intifada" application essentially reproduced the content from a website of the same name - 3rdIntifada.com - which posts news and opinion articles about Israeli aggression and the Palestinian cause.
- Apps fate are entirely in the hand of platform producers, mobile web sites can site on their own ISP and be seen by anyone with a web connection
- Well designed web sites can be seen by a wide range of platforms.
- Web sites can be shared without the need to download and install an app, making your site more viral. People can share you app with a URL or twitter post.
- Web sites can be upgraded at one location without needing to make users download a patch.
- Search engines can see what is inside your web site, not inside an app on users mobiles
- You can also pull a web site easily in case of some major problem (saying an order from a court to disable your app)
- You can more accurately track how your code is being used without having to install 'spying' functionality on the app
- Having device dependent code defeats many of the purposes for having the Internet in the first place.