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Web assembly is definitely a threat to apple’s app revenues, though maybe not an existential one. Given that apple are already experiencing a slowdown, and big names like Netflix are trying to avoid the “apple tax”, I’d expect to see them fight this tooth and nail. Even to the extent of blocking wasm on some sort of security grounds, wether valid or not.



> I’d expect to see them fight this tooth and nail. Even to the extent of blocking wasm on some sort of security grounds, wether valid or not.

Do you have an example of precedence that supports this extremely user hostile view of Apple?


PWA support. Safari was late to the party, and iOS doesn’t make adding a PWA intuitive at all.


Microsoft fought rich browser standards in favor of their own (ActiveX, Silverlight) and ultimately lost that battle.


Apple fought rich browser standards in favour of app store which provides an interface for installing applications as easy as web browsing and won that battle.

And they will continue to win that battle because they provide discoverability, monitization, hosting, and full device access and performance. The web alone can't compete against that.


Which is not going to work.

"You can browse everything... except everything you want" is not going to be a popular USP.


Maybe so, but holding out is a strategy that could only be pursued by the bigger players, the smaller ones would have to cave and release via the App Store.




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