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@Matt Wilcox â€” This technique doesn’t permanently remove the address bar it attempts to scroll past it, but even that isn’t good practice for all the same reasons you’ve highlighted. I’d prefer not to make the expected/default browsing experience differ across websites with what is essentially a “hack”, even if it appears fairly harmless.
Mobile Safari does have a meta tag that hides the address bar entirely but only for websites that have been added to the home screen (as @Daan highlighted above). That allows “web apps” to be more app-like.