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Building iOS Apps Without UIWebView in Alpha Anywhere

The latest pre-release of Alpha Anywhere includes a revised PhoneGap CLI Builder that works with the latest release of Cordova CLI for iOS.The low-code framework in Alpha Anywhere creates HTML5 applications that can be published and deployed to mobile devices using PhoneGap Build or Cordova CLI. PhoneGap Build and Cordova CLI both use Web Views which allow HTML5 apps access to device hardware, such as the camera or GPS. As of April 1st, all new iOS apps that use Web Views must use a WKWebView for improved security and reliability. In addition, all iOS app updates must use a WKWebView by December 2020.

Starting June 30, 2020, Apple also requires all iPhone apps submitted to the App store be built with iOS 13 SDK or later. iOS 13 SDK is supported by Xcode version 11.x, which is not the version used by the latest release of PhoneGap Build.

Fortunately, we anticipated these changes and developed a solution that enables Alpha Anywhere developers to build iOS applications that meet the new requirements. The latest pre-release of Alpha Anywhere includes a revised PhoneGap CLI Builder that works with the latest release of Cordova CLI for iOS, the Alpha WKWebView Plugin, and works with the latest release of Xcode. The core plugins have also been updated to the latest release, including the inAppBrowser plugin that now works with a WKWebView.

Because of these new requirements, PhoneGap Build can no longer be used to build iOS applications. PhoneGap Build is in maintenance mode and does not support the new iOS requirements. Instead, Alpha Anywhere developers will need to use Cordova CLI to create iOS applications. Bob Moore, VP of Mobile Technology at Alpha Software, has put together this video to guide you through the process of building mobile apps for iOS using Cordova CLI. You will need a Mac or an MacInCloud account in order to build your applications using Cordova CLI.

We also demonstrated how to build iOS apps using MacInCloud in yesterday's Alpha Anywhere Demo Q&A. If you missed the webinar, you can watch the recording on Alpha Software's YouTube Channel.

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The Alpha Software Professional Services team is ready to help you, should you need any further assistance or advice.  Reach out to custserv@alphasoftware.com.

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Sarah Mitchell
Sarah Mitchell

Technical Writer and Documentation Expert at Alpha Software

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