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iOS 9, Cordova, and jQuery mobile apps Integration tips

November 16, 2015 in Apache Cordova, iOS, JavaScript, jQuery Mobile

Unfortunately after having iOS 9 update, you may find your Cordova jQuery mobile app has the following problems:

  1. All of your app’s popups are suddenly closed after the first opening time!
  2. All your app’s back button are not working anymore!

The root cause of these problems is a bug in iOS9 UIWebView‘s window.location.hash as shown in the link below:
https://openradar.appspot.com/22186109

Fixes

In order to fix these issues, you can do the following workarounds.

Fixing the sudden closing pop-up

In order to fix this issue, make sure to set the data-history attribute of jQuery mobile popup to "false". An example of this is shown in the link below:
https://github.com/hazems/cordova-mega-app/blob/master/www/index.html

Fixing the broken back button

In order to fix this issue, make sure to disable the hash listening behaviour for jQuery mobile when the device is ready. You need to be careful when applying this fix, make sure that this fix will be applied for only iOS version 9 as shown in the code snippet below.

if (device.platform === "iOS"  && parseInt(device.version) === 9) {
  $.mobile.hashListeningEnabled=false;
} /* when the device is ready */

Checking a working Cordova jQuery mobile app in iOS 9

Finally, you can check a complete working Cordova jQuery mobile app in iOS 9. This app is one of the examples of the “JavaScript Mobile Application Development” book which can be reached at:
http://www.amazon.com/JavaScript-Native-Mobile-Apps-Development/dp/1783554177/
https://www.packtpub.com/web-development/javascript-native-mobile-apps-development

The example app uses Apache Cordova 5.3.3 and jQM 1.4.5. Enjoy!

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