No, it has nothing to do with having an advantage in a game of basketball. HomeCourts is a jailbreak tweak that lets you access a series of banners on the Home screen that serve as shortcuts. I still don’t quite get the name, but I think it has something to do with shortcuts being on the Home screen? That’s my best guess anyway.

HomeCourts features pairs of configurable shortcuts. There are two shortcuts for making a phone call, two for sending a message, two for launching websites, etc. All of these shortcuts can be assigned and configured in the Settings app. Needless to say, HomeCourts is about as cumbersome as it gets for a jailbreak tweak.

Starting with the most visible problem, HomeCourts’ banners lack retina display compatibility, and look unappealing on a modern iOS device.

Secondly, you can’t dismiss the shortcuts using the Home button; doing so invokes the keyboard for a spotlight search residing behind the shortcuts. Instead, you have to tap an awkwardly placed ‘x’ at the bottom of the page to dismiss them, which can sometimes lead to you accidentally launching an app residing in the dock.

In addition to those issues, HomeCourts seems to launch with every reboot or respring automatically, which can be quite annoying.

The benefits derived from having these shortcuts (and a few toggles thrown in at the bottom to fill out the rest of the page) is almost totally lost when taking into consideration the aforementioned problems.

To add insult to injury, you have to pay $0.99 to use it. Hopefully in the next update the developer can remedy these issues. If they can do so, then HomeCourts may be a tweak worth taking a second look at. As it stands now, though, I can’t honestly recommend it.

What are your thoughts?

  • Derek

    Not worth it

  • jose castro

    ahhhhhhh no… worthless

  • Eric Armstrong

    Hm. I’m not too impressed, how about these shortcuts come up when you open the multitasking bar. IMO there is a lot of wasted space while the multitasking bar is up. These shortcuts could be right above your backgrounded apps when you double click the home button. They should be redesigned though, either to regular icons or less ugly bars.
    What do you guys think?

  • I like Eric Armstrong’s idea for using the space above the multitasking bar. In fact, i would like to see all toggles (sbsettings, etc) in there as well. What a perfect space for such things.