New App Version (PWA a.k.a. Web App)

Due to changes to Apple’s policies regarding native (on App Store) apps more than a year ago, and now more recently with Google Play Store, it has forced us as developers to work on a new version of the app. This new version called Progressive Web App (PWA) or simply Web App has many advatages to our users detailed below.

iOS users and push notifications: Push notification pop-up alerts will not be available on iOS devices until iOS 16 is released. Since Apple has not communicated yet if message pop-up alerts will be available with the initial iOS 16 release or a subsequent update, our best guess is that it will come online sometime in the Fall of 2022. In the meantime, all iOS users should check their message tab often to see important updates from your School.

1. Like a Native App

PWAs look and feel just like native mobile apps but with website-like performance. PWAs have a similar effect on user experience, the same speed, responsiveness, and comprehensive capabilities of websites with database access and automatic data. For this reason, Bing, Google, and other search engines index PWA pages and find them in no time.

2. Quick and Easy To Install

PWAs are installed straight from the web browser to any device and does not use up memory space on your device. The installed app remains on the desktop or mobile device home screen and can be easily accessed from there. Also, it is not obligatory to install the PWA app to access it as it can be done via an URL as well. Due to the simplified ways to access the app, users find it flexible and reliable.

3. Enhanced Performance

The running speed of a progressive web app improves due to the fact that this app can function in an efficient manner, operate like a website, cache, and serve text, images, and other content. This type of software enhances not only the page-load speed but also user experience.

4. Working Everywhere

PWAs have the ability to work everywhere. Users, who often switch between their devices can receive cross-support anywhere. PWAs are highly responsive and they adapt to various screen sizes.

5. Operating Offline

Besides working everywhere, PWAs can operate offline. Thus, when your network connection is unstable this type of app will still work as a clock, but in offline mode. Due to the built-in service workers, the features and information of the PWA are saved and cached. This allows accessing the PWA without downloading it, especially in terms of poor connectivity. In the retail industry, the app is worth all the gold as in the case of internet crashes, it still allows viewing information users accessed previously and if the information is new – they will be redirected to a custom offline page.

6. Updating Silently

Progressive Web Apps updates are automatic. The app does not notify its user about the upcoming updates and does not require user permission to update itself. The trick is that every time a user opens or refreshes the app it updates immediately without downloading any batch changes and installing them.

7. Sending Push Notifications

Commonly to the Native applications, PWAs also use the devices push-notification feature. iOS users please read highlighted message above.

8. No App Distribution Platforms

Today, we can download apps from different distribution platforms. For instance, the App Store, Google Play, or the Microsoft Store, have their specific requirements for software stored on them. Sometimes, it becomes a burden to meet these requirements or the app can be removed without prior notice. Hence, the reason why we have decided to go in this direction.

9. More Efficient Security

PWAs use HTTPS to manage and maintain the safety of data stored within them, eliminate risks of security breaches, snooping, content tampering, and other illegal activity.

10. Next Steps

Ask your school for new app link or QR code. Once opened, tap upload image on your device then select Add to Homescreen to install this app on your device

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