I don't hang out on Programmers enough to know whether this question is "ok", so my apologies if not. I tried to make the title obvious so at least it can be closed quickly :-)

The question is simple. My employer wants "home screen presence" (or at least the possibility thereof) on iOS devices (also Android but I'm mostly interested in Apple at the moment). Our actual application will be a pure web-delivered mobile-friendly application, so what we want on the homescreen is basically something that just acts as a link to bring up Safari (or Chrome now I guess; not important). I'm presuming that that's more-or-less possible; if not then that would be interesting too.

I know that the Apple guidelines are such that low-functionality apps are generally rejected out of hand. There are a lot of existing apps that seem (to me) less functional than a link to something useful, but I'm not Apple of course. Because this seems like a not-too-weird situation, I'm hoping that somebody knows it's either definitely OK (maybe because there are many such apps) or definitely not OK.

Note that I know about things like PhoneGap and I don't want that, at least not at the moment.

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    Is my app allowed is a question best asked of those you are submitting your app too.
    – Ryathal
    Jul 6, 2012 at 20:27
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    @Ryathal well yes of course, but my understanding from speaking with a number of iOS developers is that it's difficult to get responses from Apple before it's actually time to submit something. However I may be completely wrong, so if that's really the best thing to do in this specific case then I appreciate the response. (Make it an answer if you think it's "weighty" enough.)
    – Pointy
    Jul 6, 2012 at 20:29

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Probably not. See the iOS App Store Review Guidelines:

2.12 Apps that are not very useful, are simply web sites bundled as apps, or do not provide any lasting entertainment value may be rejected

One might guess that if your app is just a pointer to a web site, not even the web site bundled into an app, then it's even less useful than the sort of thing contemplated in section 2.12.

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    OK thanks. That's exactly what I was looking for; I'm not a registered developer and the version of the guidelines I have don't include the web site thing in that section.
    – Pointy
    Jul 6, 2012 at 20:35
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    isn't the Facebook app simply a website bundled to an app? or is the next rule 2.13 multi-billion dollar companies can have any type of app they want
    – Ryathal
    Jul 6, 2012 at 20:36
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    Why not register so that you can read the guidelines yourself? It's free.
    – Caleb
    Jul 6, 2012 at 20:38
  • I think that apps that are implemented (via PhoneGap or whatever) with web technologies are OK, so long as all (or most) content is actually packaged with the app (like the page templates etc, which is probably a good idea anyway).
    – Pointy
    Jul 6, 2012 at 20:39
  • @Caleb because somebody told me it costs money and I was too dumb to find out otherwise :-) Thanks!
    – Pointy
    Jul 6, 2012 at 20:40

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