Fuck You and Your In-App Browser

Every goddamn iOS app under the sun seems to have it’s own in-app web browser that is a total piece of shit. I’m looking at you, Facebook, Twitter, Medium, and every other inconsequential app that deigns to get in the way of my workflow.

There’s a very good reason I want to use the real mobile Safari app, and only that. I’m signed in to all the other services that I use to get my work, news reading, and online social life done.

I actually pay for my news — I support real journalism at the Seattle Times, New York Times, High Country News, and Washington Post. I don’t want that awesome article my friend shared on Facebook to be unreadable because of a paywall. I don’t want to sign in 50 different times from 50 different apps.

My online social media profiles overlap. OH MY GOSH, I actually share stuff between Facebook, Twitter, Medium and other platforms. Cue logging in, over and over again.

As a software developer, I use Github stars to mark projects that might be useful to me. In-app browsers force me to sign in X more times from X more apps.

The list goes on and on. The sign-ins multiply and multiply until the entire system is un-usable. I am not a security expert, but it also seems like a potential security risk.

Apple should require a setting be implemented in every app that uses an in-app browser, and allow the user to use Safari instead.

P.S. And while we are at it: NO, MEDIUM, I WILL NEVER RATE YOUR APP IN THE APP STORE. EVER. STOP ASKING ME EVERY TIME.

Coding and Teaching Functional Web Development, Entrepreneurship, and Sustainability. Crazy about Standup Paddleboarding.

Coding and Teaching Functional Web Development, Entrepreneurship, and Sustainability. Crazy about Standup Paddleboarding.