Web Kit – The Secret Sauce To Apple’s iPhone?

Web Kit – The Secret Sauce To Apple’s iPhone?

Most people don’t realize this – at least it’s not widely discussed anyway – but Apple actually has an open source web browser platform called Web Kit.

Web Kit is “an open source web browser engine. WebKit is also the name of the Mac OS X system framework version of the engine that’s used by Safari, Dashboard, Mail, and many other OS X applications. WebKit’s HTML and JavaScript code began as a branch of the KHTML and KJS libraries from KDE. This website is also the home of S60’s S60 WebKit development.”

According to Steve Jobs, Web Kit is the predominant web browsing platform for mobile web browsers. This is primarily because Web Kit is the open source platform that powers the Safari mobile web browsers of the iPhone and now the iPhone (and the iPod Touch too).

It’s interesting how you don’t ever hear too much about Web Kit. In fact, I would say that there is more discussion about how “closed source” Apple is, and the perception that Apple is adverse to open source projects. Yet with Web Kit, and fully open source web browsing platform, Apple is quietly leading the way in the mobile web browser war.

What do you think?

I do not, by any means, profess to know a lot about Web Kit. But I (and the readers here at Social Media SEO) would be interested to read more insight from those who are knowledgeable about Web Kit.