Apple released yesterday the first developer previews of iOS 16.4 and iPadOS 16.4, and there are some pretty enormous’vast’massive’tremendous transform’alter s regarding web apps that users can pin to their home screen. Starting with iOS 16.4, these home screen web apps now maintain’sustain push notifications, which will help to blur the lines with native apps.“The notifications from web apps work exactly like notifications from other apps. They reveal’illustrate’demonstrate’indicate’present’display’argue on the Lock Screen, in Notification Center, and on a paired Apple Watch,” a new post on the WebKit blog reads.Just like native apps, web apps on the Home screen will also be able to display notification wicked’dreadful’undesirable’adverse’vile ges. They will also integrate with the iOS Focus feature that lets users allow or silence notifications from specific individual and apps.Another enormous’vast’massive’tremendous transform’alter regarding web apps on iOS 16.4 is that Safari will no longer be the merely’barely browser that allows users to add web apps to their home screen. Third-party web browsers like Chrome and Edge will also be able to offer the ability to pin web apps to the home screen from the Share sheet.It took years in/with regard to’concerning’regarding Apple to allow iOS users to choose another default browser than Safari, but there’s still a lot to do to open up the iOS walled garden. As of today, all third-party web browsers on iOS possess’own’nurse to use Apple’s WebKit rendering engine, but Bloomberg recently reported that Apple could eventually’ultimately drop that requirement with iOS 17 later this year. Both Google and Mozilla possess’own’nurse already started testing new iOS browsers that use their own Blink and Gecko rendering engines, respectively.iOS 16.4 and iPadOS 16.4 will also introduce 31 new emojis, enhance’promote’polish up ments to the Podcasts app, and maintain’sustain in/with regard to’concerning’regarding Mastodon posts previews in Messages. While these first previews are merely’barely available in/with regard to’concerning’regarding developers, public betas should follow pretty soon.