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In 2007, the world was a different place. The App Store didn’t exist yet, and the iPhone had just been announced. Steve Jobs wanted consumers to fill their iPhones with web apps. Before they debuted the App Store, Apple tried to prove that web apps could be as easy to use and as responsive as native apps. Although web apps didn’t succeed the way Jobs originally intended them to, that doesn’t mean they’re not worth exploring.

In the last two articles on digital publishing and the iPad, we took in-depth looks at a lot of apps that offer magazine services on iOS, including Zinio, apps on Apple’s Newsstand, and Flipboard. They’re just the beginning of the digital publishing movement. Magazine publishers all over the world are also investing in HTML-based web apps that come with a lot of benefits for both them and readers. But there are two big questions everybody always asks about web apps, even my own mother when I explained this article to her: “What is it; why bother?” and “Are they better than the apps I’ve already got installed on my iPad?” Read on to get my take on it.

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Earlier this week Web.AppStorm featured a massive roundup of awesome web apps for your iPad, interested? Then read on…

As incredible as it seems, it’s been over a year and a half since the original iPad was released, forever changing what the world thought of tablet computers. The old Tablet PCs were clunky, expensive machines that could run any Windows program, albeit slower and more awkwardly than a full computer. The iPad at first glance looks just like a scaled-up iPhone, but the wide range of apps and number of varied uses it’s found in homes, schools, and businesses has made tablets a permeant part of our computing ecosystem.

One area where the iPad and other tablets have lagged behind is with web apps. While Safari on the iPad is a modern, quite capable browser, many web apps are difficult to use with fingers, and can run very slow on slower processors. Over the past year, though, more and more web apps have been designed or updated to take advantage of the iPad’s features, including multitouch, gestures, and more. Let’s look at some of the best web apps today for the iPad, and if we miss your favorite, be sure to let us know in the comments below!

Head over to Web.AppStorm to check out the roundup!

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