iOS-powered devices such as the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad are hugely popular around the world, with Apple’s mobile OS considered to be one of the most complete offerings in the mobile world. Like all major operating systems that are updated periodically, iOS has seen organic growth over its life and has benefitted from multiple feature additions as well as numerous bug fixes.
The release of iOS 4 saw Mobile Safari get quite a substantial behind-the-scenes make over, however, Apple didn’t take the opportunity to introduce a homepage option which seems rather bizarre. All major desktop browsers offer the convenience of a toolbar button which, when tapped, takes the user to a specific URL.
I am pretty sure Apple have their own internal reasons as to why this has never been implemented into Mobile Safari, but it is something users no longer need to worry about – at least if you are jailbroken. HomeSafari is a relatively new tweak to hit the Cydia store which allows users to specify define a URL as their homepage in Safari. The tweak appends the Safari action menu to include an additional option, simply shown as ‘Home Page’. Tapping this new button does exactly as you might imagine and quickly loads the pre-defined homepage that has been set through the new settings entry.
HomeSafari adds its own preferences panel into the Settings application that allows users to add or remove the Home Page button from the action menu, toggle the tweak on or off and specify the URL to be used for the Safari homepage.
HomeSafari is available as a free of charge download from the BigBoss repository with no mentions of specific device or firmware compatibilities.
Of course, you will need to jailbreak your device to install this tweak.
[via Redmond Pie]