What’s more, such “home screen web apps” can’t use various web caching systems, including the HTML5 Application Cache, which means they can’t be cached to run offline. And they aren’t rendered using Apple’s newer “asynchronous mode”. They’re saddled with the old “synchronous mode”, which means means they don’t quite look as good.”
So is Apple actually slowing down web apps launched from the home screen? Apparently not. They have made web apps launched from within Safari faster. Either way, there shouldn’t be disparities and Apple should address this in its next iOS update.
Also, web caches have been eliminated since iOS 4.2, as HTML5 apps can’t be played offline. An example was the game Pie Guy. If you save it to your home screen, it can’t be played anymore.
What do you think? Is this a sort of ‘evil master plan’ by Apple to ‘force’ developers into the App Store?