Behind iOS, there were two people, Steve Jobs and John Rubinstein.
Steve Jobs wanted native environment, while John Rubinstein, as far as I know, supported Web as the platform. Choosing Web as its main environment would make existing web developers app developers for iPhone very easily and it means it can catch more market than MS hopefully. However, thanks to Steve Jobs’ tactic, native environment became very popular for developing apps on iOS devices, and it kind of pressed the booming of web development, for the time being at least.
However, after Steve Jobs passed away, what I see nowadays is not the Apple’s dooms day financially, but the rising of Web apps again.
John Rubinstein left Apple and joined Palm and announced WebOS.
It was elegant. It has the refined finish like Apple’s. However, somehow it failed in stealing market share. Well, personally, I couldn’t figure out gestures on the WebOS easily.
However, failure in the market doesn’t make it “BAD” OS.
Although it may not cover big screen yet, it sounds quite immpressive technological preview and shows lots of potential.
So, let’s keep watching that.