Don’t use iOS meta tags irresponsibly in your Progressive Web Apps

Maximiliano Firtman (
6 min readJun 7, 2016

⚠️ Updated version of this article ⏩

In the last months I’ve seen several apps creating what is known as a “Progressive Web App”. After 10 years of advocating using web technologies to create web experiences, this is a great time. Although I want to focus here on a big user experience issue that most of these apps are having today on Safari on iOS because of a meta tag that is being used irresponsibly.

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