Browse iPad-specific websites now, starting with the desktop version of Safari

The launch of the iPad brings with it many things, and one of them is that, just as happened with the iPhone, that many websites are being redesigned in preparation for the special features of the new device. In the case of the iPad, the large touch screen and the use of HTML5 technologies ( that Apple is already advertising on its website as “success stories” about Flash ).

If you’re curious to see the changes on these sites for the arrival of the iPad, there’s a little trick you can do to trick them into thinking that your Safari is actually the iPad version . To do this, follow these steps.

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    Browse iPad-specific websites now, starting with the desktop version of Safari
    Browse iPad-specific websites now, starting with the desktop version of Safari

    Go to Safari Advanced Preferences and check the option “Show the Develop menu in the menu bar”. A new menu will be enabled.

  • Click on the new menu User Agent Development Other…
  • Copy and paste the following code into the text field that appears (it is the identifier of the iPad version of Safari):

Mozilla5.0(iPad; U; CPU iPhone OS 3_2 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit531.21.10 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version4.0.4 Mobile7B314 Safari531.21.10

In the same tab you have open, enter for example Gmail . You will see the impressive changes that Google has made to its email service, taking advantage of the possibilities of the iPad. You can use it as if you were really surfing with an iPad.

Similarly, you can also walk through any “iPad ready” website, to see how they look. At the moment, the truth is that the Apple list has very few exceptions , since at least at the time of writing, these websites detected the browser as if it were an iPhone and showed the “mobile” interface not adapted to the iPad.

Just out of curiosity, I went to the Adobe Flash download page ( I’m sure more than one of you were going to try ) and no, they still haven’t adapted that nice manifesto dedicated to Apple, in iPad version . Actually, the web is not able to detect the browser and asks the user to enter which one he wants to download manually.

Thank you to the readers who warned us about this!

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