Apple has announced `iOS 6´ 2 days ago and the beta is already available to developers. While there are many new, really cool features, one certain behavior of home screen webapps has caught my attention.
Webapps added to the home screen, if using the appropriate html meta tags to launch in fullscreen, are now listed as apps on their own, instead of just Safari.
You can see this if you add an webapp to your home screen, which launches in fullscreen and uses the geolocation API. Give it permission to access your location and then have a look at Settings/Privacy/Location Services. The webapp should be listed as a seperate app, even with an icon!
One benefit of this is that home screen webapps no longer have to ask every 24 hours for geolocation permission. Another consequence of this is that if you delete all safari cookies and data, it won’t affect your home screen webapp. It looks like home screen webapps have their own storage now, just like native apps.
This is huge and i think we will see more and more coming in this direction.