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File uploading comes to iOS

EducationHere’s a piece of good news for all mobile web app developers: Starting in iOS 6 (which was released earlier this year), the default iOS browser now supports file uploading!

Why is this so important? Let me take a step back and explain.

As you may (or may not) know, mobile web apps support file uploading. There’s still quite a bit of confusion surrounding this topic, and the topic of mobile web app features in general. Many people don’t realize that mobile web apps offer nearly every feature found in native apps, like GPS access, gyroscope/accelerometer access, file uploading, and more.

That being said, the file uploading feature always had one small complication: The default iOS browser didn’t support it. Users would need to download a different browser to use the file upload feature on their iPhones or iPads.

With iOS6, that’s no longer the case! The default browser now supports file uploading!

What does that mean for you? You can build mobile web apps with file upload capabilities, without any caveats. It works everywhere by default! If you’d like to see file uploading on a mobile web app for yourself, check out this demo from a smartphone or tablet. If you’d like to learn how to add file uploading to your m-Power mobile web apps, here’s a brief tutorial.