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Apache Cordova iOS 4.0.0, and WKWebView support

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Webkit_LogoSo we missed the proposed deadline, by a lot.

Release is scheduled to be in the later part of September 2015 now that we’ve got a few devs focused on this. Features have been trimmed, and some have been pushed off to cordova-ios 5.x

We need the community to test.

The test focus should be on plugin stability with the new platform, since it does have API changes. If downstream distribution people are on this list, this concerns your third-party plugins too.

The easiest way to test if it affects your plugin building:

cordova platform add 
cordova plugin add your-plugin-id
cordova build

Plugin updates and highlights:

I also want to highlight this scenario which a lot of people will encounter: CB-9592

WKWebView support

The cordova-plugin-wkwebview-engine plugin will be iOS 9 only and it will be a core plugin. The development of this updated plugin is still in progress. Apple has fixed the bug where we couldn’t load documents from file:// urls, and it is iOS 9 only. On non-iOS 9 devices, cordova-ios will fallback to using the UIWebView.

The old version of this plugin used a local webserver to load your main document. This older plugin can be used where you want to use WKWebView in both iOS 8 and iOS 9 deployments, but the plugin will remain as a cordova-labs experiment. This plugin has some re-factoring work to be done.


Please post them in our JIRA Issue Tracker, or send pull requests.

Thanks for contributing!

Written by shazron

September 9, 2015 at 6:23 am

Posted in cordova, phonegap

ios-deploy and ios-sim roadmaps

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ios-simulator-iconios-sim and ios-deploy are two tools that are used by Apache Cordova and a lot of other projects. ios-sim is used to control the iOS Simulator (and other functions) and ios-deploy is used to deploy signed apps (and other functions) to your connected iOS device.

The next major version of ios-sim will be 4.x, and it will be pure node.js, and it will use the simctl module which wraps Xcode’s simctl utility. See the roadmap here.

The next major version of ios-deploy will be 2.x, and it will modularize the utility as well as provide a target to generate ios-deploy as a library. This library can then be bridged using node-ffi, so other node.js scripts can use it. See the roadmap here.

Written by shazron

May 18, 2015 at 10:06 pm

Posted in cordova, phonegap

Cordova iOS and iOS 8

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ios8-heroiOS 8 was just released – and Cordova supports it fully, but it is still using the existing UIWebView iOS browser component (more on the new iOS 8 WKWebView later).

The main issues were in the core plugins, which have since been updated in the Cordova Plugin Registry. Update your plugins by removing and re-adding them.

If you use any of these plugins below, you will need to update these plugins and re-release your app for iOS 8, since your existing app built pre-iOS 8 may be broken in iOS 8 without these fixes.

These plugins have been updated for iOS 8:

1. Camera
2. Geolocation
3. StatusBar
4. Contacts


This plugin had a fix to use the new Geolocation permissions in iOS 8. Users are now prompted whenever you require a geolocation – this is for the JPEG format EXIF data. The plugin has a new preference as well, called CameraUsesGeolocation which defaults to false. Previously you had no control over this, it was always true.


This plugin had a fix to use the new Geolocation permissions in iOS 8. Users are now prompted whenever you require a geolocation.


This plugin had a fix for pickContact — iOS 8 has added new delegate functions to handle people picking, without the fix this feature was broken in iOS 8.


Landscape mode for the StatusBar plugin was broken in iOS 8, and the updated plugin fixes it. This is because on iOS 8, screen size is now orientation dependent — previously it was based off portrait mode. The StatusBarBackgroundColor preference is now omitted as well when you install the plugin, leaving it effectively transparent (was #000000 or black). You will have to now set it explicitly.

CDV_IsIPhone5 macro

For whatever reason you are using this, realize that it is broken currently (same reason as the StatusBar landscape fix). If your plugin is not using this macro, don’t worry about it. It has already been fixed for 3.7.0.


If you are using the Web Inspector, you might see “deprecated attempt to access property” errors that are harmless. It has already been fixed for 3.7.0.


Webkit_LogoWe tried.

Unfortunately there is a serious bug in WKWebView where it can’t load file:// urls, so it has hampered our efforts. This functionality was working in iOS 8 betas 1 to 3 on the device (it always works in the iOS 8 Simulator), but broken after that. I’m not sure what the ETA for the bug fix is, but it is in Apple’s radar (literally!).

In the meantime, we have some ideas, like running a local webserver to load the local assets. More info and discussion here.

For all the issues related to Cordova iOS and iOS 8, including our work in getting WKWebView support, check out this task list.

Written by shazron

September 18, 2014 at 11:44 pm

Posted in cordova, phonegap

Cordova iOS Plugin Interface – upcoming changes

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PluginThe plugin interfaces below will be deprecated in Apache Cordova 3.6.0 (iOS), and will be removed totally in the major release of 4.0.0 later this year. Please plan accordingly if you have plugins that use these interfaces.

If you followed the 3.x Guides on how to create and use plugins, you should be OK, these interfaces have been there pre-3.x and were documented in the 2.x stream, but not in the 3.x stream. If you need to upgrade, consult the docs for the new methods.


- (NSString*)writeJavascript:(NSString*)javascript;
- (NSString*)success:(CDVPluginResult*)pluginResult callbackId:(NSString*)callbackId;
- (NSString*)error:(CDVPluginResult*)pluginResult callbackId:(NSString*)callbackId;


- (NSString*)toJSONString;
- (NSString*)toSuccessCallbackString:(NSString*)callbackId;
- (NSString*)toErrorCallbackString:(NSString*)callbackId;

Written by shazron

July 21, 2014 at 11:26 pm

Posted in cordova, phonegap

PhoneGap Facebook Plugin – maintenance update

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PluginBeginning today – the PhoneGap Facebook Plugin has a new home under Wizcorp. Ally Ogilvie of Wizcorp has been doing a great job of maintaining this plugin thus far, and his excellent stewardship of the plugin will continue on. Read his blog post on this.

Please update your bookmarks and point your git urls to the new location when adding a plugin using the CLI.

Alternatively, you could try a JavaScript only solution, read this blog post and browse the source code. This JavaScript only solution has some drawbacks however – you will lose Single Sign On, events, and ad tracking.

Written by shazron

July 14, 2014 at 2:43 am

Posted in cordova, phonegap

Cordova Keyboard Plugin – maintenance update

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PluginThis iOS only plugin has been moved some time ago to the org.apache.cordova.labs namespace so it has not affected any plugin releases.

I feel that this type of plugin is better off in the hands of 3rd party devs — please see the ionic keyboard plugin for example. I personally am not going to be maintaining it anymore primarily because of the testing complexity (see manual tests in mobile-spec) and I prefer not to muck around with the keyboard native views (which is extremely hacky) – it’s best to leave the current keyboard as is, for example see the iOS Gmail app — besides under the flat UI in iOS 7 it doesn’t look as bad.

I believe none of the other core committers plan to maintain the code as well. With iOS 8,  there is support for custom keyboards, so this plugin’s future is limited. As usual, the code is open-sourced, and pull requests are still welcome but the plugin won’t be tested and won’t be published on You can still install the plugin by using the git url:

cordova plugin add

iOS 7 also made “keyboard-shrinks-view” the default (much better for apps), and eventually when iOS 8 is released the minimum supported version of future Cordova releases would default to iOS 7 as well.

Currently there are ~20 open issues in JIRA, and ~2 open pull requests in Github.

Written by shazron

July 9, 2014 at 8:27 am

Posted in cordova, phonegap

Xcode 5.1 and Cordova iOS

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cordova_botUPDATE: Cordova CLI  3.4.1-0.1.0 is out, which includes Cordova iOS 3.4.1 which incorporates all the fixes mentioned in this blog post. Update your Cordova CLI, and if you have an existing project, do a “cordova platform update ios“.

These issues have been fixed if you are running the latest dev code (slated for 3.5.0).

There are 3 issues related to Cordova iOS 3.4.0 running with Xcode 5.1 (and its command-line tools):

1. CB-6150 – objc_msgSend causes EXC_BAD_ACCESS with plugins on arm64
2. CB-6223 – Build/linker errors
3. ios-sim does not work anymore

For the first issue, you need to look at the two files mentioned in this commit and patch the two lines affected.

For the second issue, you will need to update the Build Settings in your project. The steps are mentioned in the issue and reproduced below:

  1. Select your Project icon
  2. Choose Build Settings.
  3. For “Architectures”, select $ARCHS_STANDARD – Standard architectures (armv7, armv7s, arm64)
  4. For “Valid Architectures”, add “arm64”
  5. Select your CordovaLib.xcodeproj icon
  6. In the Build Settings for the Project (not Target), delete *all* the conditional architecture settings (hover to see the minus sign). This is what is recommended by Apple in their Xcode 5.1 Release Notes.
  7. For “Architectures”, select $ARCHS_STANDARD – Standard architectures (armv7, armv7s, arm64)
  8. For “Valid Architectures”, add “arm64”
  9. Goto 6, but now do it for “Target

For the third issue, you will have to update your ios-sim to version 1.9.0:

npm install -g ios-sim

ios-sim --version

Written by shazron

March 12, 2014 at 5:32 am

Posted in cordova, phonegap, xcode


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