Over six years ago, when Apple released the iPhone, the only apps
available were the ones that came pre-installed (stocks, calculator,
YouTube etc). There were so few apps, they didn’t even fill up the home
screen! Apple didn’t even provide the ability to create or install
any add-on apps. Instead, developers were urged to create web apps that
users would access through the built-in Safari web browser.
Facing backlash from developers, particularly in light of a community
of hackers that figured out how to crack the iPhone’s code and build
their own apps, Apple came around and embraced native apps.
...How different (or boring) things might've been. Thanks HaX0r5!!!!1