With the inevitable rise of mobile web browsing, Apple ramped up Safari's HTML5 capabilities with iOS 8. This should be a boon for developers if they can take advantage of the increased performance and leverage these new features effectively. Adobe must be excited as this will continue to fuel use of their development framework, PhoneGap, as well as narrow the divide between web and native application performance.
Apple isn't known for being a champion of open source or open standards, but with iOS 8 it has become both. Among a host of consumer-facing improvements to performance and the user experience, Apple has also introduced significant improvements for application developers, including WKWebView, a new browser engine that promises to make hybrid apps sing on iOS 8. Ironically, Apple's one-time Flash-y nemesis, Adobe, may benefit most.