Safari on iPadOS optimized to work with at least some desktop versions of websites

Browsing the internet on iPad is so immersive it’s like holding the web in your hands. And now, powerful new features make Safari on iPadOS a desktop-class browsing experience.
Browsing the internet on iPad is so immersive it’s like holding the web in your hands. And now, powerful new features make Safari on iPadOS a desktop-class browsing experience.

Tim Hardwick for MacRumors:

Apple’s upcoming iPadOS is designed to bring more desktop-class functionality to iPads with bigger screens, and as part of that aim, Safari is receiving a major overhaul that will enable it to display desktop versions of websites.

In the first instance, Apple is going about this by adapting Safari’s mobile “user agent” – that aspect of the software which retrieves and renders interaction with web content – to enable the iOS browser to retrieve the desktop variety of a website by default, rather than its mobile counterpart.

In addition to that, Apple appears to be custom-optimizing the iPadOS Safari user agent to include touch- and keyboard-based interaction with at least some popular websites. As highlighted by The Verge’s Dieter Bohn in his brief testing of Google Docs, Apple has made it possible to use touch to hit the menu buttons.

MacDailyNews Note: With iPadOS, Safari automatically presents a website’s desktop version for iPad. Touch input maps correctly when a website expects mouse or trackpad input. Website scaling takes advantage of the large iPad screen, so you’ll see websites at their optimal size. And scrolling within web pages is faster and more fluid.

Safair on iPad also gets many more new features and improvements. See them here.

5 Comments

  1. Doesn’t iPad already identify as a desktop device and serve up desktop versions of sites? At least it does on multiple sites I frequent.

    That was why The Zuck resisted making an IPad app for Facebook for so long, because it technically wasn’t a mobile device (he’s a stickler after my own heart).

  2. This is only the first beta, I suspect Apple will iron out the kinks and more sites will work as expected. It’s amazing how much work they’ve put into this, far more than just change the User-Agent of the web browser. I love that Google Docs finally works natively on the iPad, that’s massive in itself.

  3. Here’s the acid test: will iPadOS Safari work with Apple’s own icloud.com? Because some features are still inexplicably missing from the iOS apps that are available through iCloud.com’s and desktop versions of the apps (e.g. adding groups in Contacts).

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