This feature, built into Cordova 2.3.0, will take the place of ChildBrowser for me. Here are the steps to take to preview it yourself.
In order to install the latest Cordova PhoneGap 1.7.0 version on my Mac Mini, I needed to upgrade to OSX Lion, then upgrade to Xcode 4.3.2 (both via the Mac App Store). After their installation, I downloaded PhoneGap 1.7.0 from the button at http://www.phonegap.com. Once it downloaded, I double-clicked on the Cordova-1.7.0.dmg file found in my new Downloads/phonegap-phonegap-475bfd2/lib/ios folder.
This is how I recreated my old PhoneGap 1.0.0 project to implement PhoneGap 1.7.0 and ChildBrowser.
PhoneGap Beginner’s Guide, by Andrew Lunny
Packt Publishing, https://www.packtpub.com/
I’m reading the PDF version of this book, which displayed very nicely on Adobe Reader.
This book covers a lot of material (emphasis on “a lot”). This review will cover the breadth of this book’s content. It starts you at the beginning, with downloading PhoneGap and the Software Development Kits (SDKs) you’ll need to create and install applications for each of the mobile phone frameworks (Xcode for iPhone, Eclipse for Android, and Blackberry Webworks). We are introduced immediately to Git, ant, and Ruby, so we can start using them in our workflow.
You’ll need the ChildBrowser plugin with PhoneGap in order to return to the app after clicking on an external link. A Done button will appear under the web page, allowing you to exit the web page and return to the app. Very convenient. I’ve had to search and experiment for two weeks before I could piece all the correct steps together. If you landed here early, you can do it all within an hour!
UPDATE 6/5/2012: For PhoneGap-Cordova 1.7.0, use these steps to install ChildBrowser:
UPDATE 3/21/2012: For PhoneGap-Cordova 1.5, use these steps to install ChildBrowser: http://blog.digitalbackcountry.com/2012/03/installing-the-childbrowser-plugin-for-ios-with-phonegapcordova-1-5/