All iPads Browsing In Landscape Angers Me

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  1. blairh macrumors 68040

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    Curious if this bothers anyone else. When I access my bookmarks on my iPad in landscape mode, the menu stays on the screen, and I have to tap the bookmark button to get rid of it. This isn't the case in portrait mode on my iPad. This drives me absolutely crazy. I just want to be able to browse websites on my iPad in landscape without having to constantly tap a button to exit out of this screen to see the webpage properly.
     
  2. Mr.Blacky, Dec 5, 2018
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    You can tap the asressbar to access your bookmarks. Having said that, I almost exclusively browse in portrait on my iPad, because I can see much more content this way.
     
  3. blairh thread starter macrumors 68040

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    That's really not a solution. I want to be able to jump to new sites within one tab.

    There are many times where I prefer surfing in landscape mode on my iPad. Especially when sitting down at a table and using it like a laptop.
     
  4. Mr.Blacky macrumors 6502

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    What do you mean by "within one tab"? There arenˋt new tabs opening.
     
  5. blairh thread starter macrumors 68040

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    You wrote 'tab', not 'tap'. Which I interpreted as you suggesting I open a new tab to access my bookmarks.

    Tapping the address bar isn't a solution either. At that point you have to tap within a category (I have my bookmarks organized in categories) and then tap the specific bookmark each time to access it. So if I want to browse a dozen news sites I have to tap within that category each time. I simply wish landscape was handled the same way as portrait. It's so annoying to have to close out the menu bar each time in landscape.
     
  6. Mr.Blacky macrumors 6502

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    Oh, I see! My bad.:)
     
  7. muzzy996 macrumors 6502

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    Odd . . I have no issues with browsing in landscape mode in Safari on my 2nd gen 12.9. When I open a new tab I see my bookmarks and when I tap on one the page loads full screen.
     
  8. blairh thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Wow. So the bookmarks menu disappears after taping the bookmark? As it does on the iPhone and portrait mode on the iPad? If so, this means this action of the menu bar staying static in landscape is reserved, for some reason, to the 9.7" iPad, the iPad Mini, and 10.5"/9.7" iPad Pro. I'd like to hear from a 11" iPad Pro user if this is true for you as well or not.

    I downloaded almost 20 iPad browsers last night and I think I finally found what I was looking for with the Dolphin browser. I was seeking the following in a browser.

    1. Able to access my bookmarks in landscape without having to tap the bookmarks button yet again to close out the bookmarks folder.

    2. A browser with ad-blocking.

    3. Being able to save my bookmarks in folders, and then when I access my bookmarks it opens the same folder, just as Safari mobile does.

    4. A way to sync my bookmarks from Safari or Chrome.

    Alas Dolphin was the winner. The only other app that did almost everything was the Brave browser but there was no way for me to sync bookmarks with that app. I also like how the bookmarks button is larger in Dolphin vs Brave.
     
  9. muzzy996 macrumors 6502

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    Ugh . . that sucks big time. It's crap like this that Apple pulls that pisses some of us off. Kind of like the inability to do split keyboard on the 12.9 models. Rather than provide settings toggles to enable/disable the feature Apple pulls stuff like this, it's infuriating . . .
     
  10. blairh thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I am absolutely shocked that split keyboard is not on the 11" and 12.9" iPad Pro. I use it all the time on my 10.5" Pro. Perhaps other iOS keyboards offer it?
     
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  12. sparksd macrumors 68020

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    Same on my 10.5 when in landscape.
     
  13. blairh thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Mine don't in landscape on my 10.5 nor did they on my old iPad Mini for years now. I don't see how it's possible that yours do on your 10.5".
     
  14. sparksd macrumors 68020

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    Now I understand what you're saying. I was looking at accessing bookmarks using the "..." on the bookmarks bar. When accessing them using the folder icon in the upper left, first the left-side Favorites menu opens, showing bookmark folders, and then select from there. Yes, then the left-side pane does remain open and has to be manually closed.
     
  15. silver_mtb Suspended

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    To this day iCab mobile is the only full-function browser for the iPad. All other browser apps pale in comparison. I am quite surprised this app is the only real, functional browser for the iPad. Back in the old days there was Atomic Browser, but that is long gone. Just another example of how the iPad is simply a big phone--no real web browser except for the vitally-unknown iCab mobile out of Germany!!
     
  16. blairh thread starter macrumors 68040

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    iCab costs money, so I couldn't try it out. Also I just looked at the app on the app store and it appears they place the bookmarks icon in the very top left corner. I don't think that's a good spot for it ergonomically. On a less important note, I've always felt like the app was misnamed. iCab implies something to do with a cab service, not a web browser.
     
  17. AceFernalld macrumors 68000

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    I feel like it doesn’t take much to just tap the Bookmarks button again if you want it to go away. It’s not like it’s blocking your view of any content, and it seems to be designed as a static menu so you can quickly jump through your history / bookmarks if you’re jumping around. I believe this is the way that panel behaves on the Mac as well.
     
  18. blairh thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I find it hugely cumbersome and unnecessary. While it’s not blocking my view it does make the window much smaller by taking space in static form. I absolutely don’t think it should perform in this manner and I’ll be using the Dolphin browser on my iPad in landscape moving forward.
     
  19. Johnny365 macrumors 6502a

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    for me, i hate browsing in portrait mode, unless a website is formatted in that orientation, otherwise landscape all the wayyyyy!
     
  20. Entopia7 macrumors regular

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    There are many use cases where it’s more convenient for it to stay open. This is something I have never noticed or been bothered by, and due to there being 3 tabs on the slide out window, I’m sure they decided to have the window behave the same way regardless of what tab you’re looking at. Both the reading list and the history benefit from staying open while browsing, and as other posters mentioned it’s just a tap away from closing. But I wish you luck in your browser search!
     
  21. Mr.Blacky macrumors 6502

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    Do you use an iPad mini? Because on the bigger iPads (especially the 12,9") browsing in portrait is wayyyyyy better, because you see much mote content of the website.:)
     
  22. Johnny365 macrumors 6502a

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    10.5 Pro. Prefer landscape orientation also mainly because my case stand is that way.
     
  23. blairh thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I'm sorry but I really don't see how this is beneficial to have it stay open. When I tap a bookmark, I want to see the full web page, not have it obstructed by a bookmarks menu. It's not like I visit a webpage and then immediately jump to another. This also was never the case with iOS on the iPad until a few years ago.

    Also it's been confirmed that this action does not take place on the 12.9" Pro and possibly not the 11" Pro either. I find it very odd that Apple would have this inconsistent actions across different iPad models.

    Thankfully I found the Dolphin browser which solves my issue.
     
  24. Fatyank, Dec 8, 2018
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    Blairh, I am a bit confused about what you're asking. Let me tell you what I do. I'm using a 2nd Gen IPP 12.9. I use Chrome browser most of the time. I open browser, in landscape, open bookmarks, select the folder I want (my bookmarks are in seperate folders), tap on my bookmark and the web page opens. If I want to go to a new web page, in the same tab, I tap on the "..." at the top right of the page. I get a drop down menu and on that menu I select bookmarks. My bookmarks menu opens and I tap on my new web page, it opens and the bookmark menu closes closes. I don't have to tap on it to close it. Is this what you're describing?

    UPDATE: It seems you are talking about Safari. I tried the bookmarks thing on Safari and I now understand what you mean. It is annoying. There is an extra step in Chrome to get to bookmarks but it should resolve your issue.
     
  25. Entopia7 macrumors regular

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    Cool, I’m glad you found something that works for you. So you know, I have a 2018 12.9” Pro, and the bookmark sidebar does indeed stay open after selecting a link. An example of where it may be beneficial: searching through your history to find a specific page you visited within a series of pages for the same domain. Another example: split-view style reading list where your articles are in the left column and your article content is on the right. I can’t remember a time the bar hasn’t stayed open, but I also don’t use it often. I opt for favorite links from the new tab display the majority of the time.
     

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