iPad Pro Browsing on the iPad is horrible

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Feffi2014, Jun 13, 2019 at 6:50 AM.

  1. Feffi2014 macrumors newbie

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    I just got a new 12.9 inch iPad Pro and I absolutely love it. However, I’m really disappointed in the browser experience. I know that the iPad does not offer a desktop class browser (until iOS13) but the issue is not with Safari’s (or any other iPad browser) capabilities but rather with how it renders websites.

    All sites are ridicously zoomed in making text and images far too big. It autozooms the content to fill up the entire width of the screen which makes everything cramped and you loose so much vertical space. I do not understand the decision behind this. It makes the browser experience awful. Like you are browsing on a humonges iPhone.

    I don’t understand why apple chooses to render websites on an iPad in this way instead of giving us a desktop class experience. It’s like they’re telling websites that the device has a resolution of 1024 pixels in width. My MacBook Air from 2012 has a much lower resolution and a smaller screen, yet I get more space to view website content on it than I do on my iPad. Same goes for my chromebook that can flip over and become a tablet. I enjoy browsing on those devices much more than I do on the iPad because I get the desktop experience.

    Does anyone understand apple’s reasoning behind this? Is there a workaround? From what I’ve seen from the iOS13 previews this will not change. Am I right about that?
     
  2. MisterSavage macrumors 6502a

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    They said in iOS 13 Safari would render the desktop version of websites.
     
  3. ericwn macrumors 68020

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    One thing you can try to experiment with is holding the reload icon in Safari and request the desktop site to check if that is more to your liking.
     
  4. dazlicous macrumors 6502a

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    My 12.9 is the most used device for browsing the net
     
  5. benshive macrumors regular

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    It is changing in iOS 13. I'm running the beta on my 12.9" Pro and browsing is great. Pages render like they would on your MacBook.
     
  6. Feffi2014 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Holding down the refresh button does not resolve the issue.
    --- Post Merged, Jun 13, 2019 at 7:15 AM ---
    Really? That’s great news. Can you post a screen cap of the macrumors startpage? Looks like this on ios12;
     

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  7. dazlicous macrumors 6502a

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    Have you tried a ad blocker
     
  8. Feffi2014 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Just installed Adblock X
     
  9. TMRJIJ macrumors 68040

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    I’m not seeing the issue here. Nothing seems to be zoomed in. The text looks normal sized. Of course with MacRumors, it is set to fill the entire screen. Your iPad has a resolution of 2732-by-2048 so webpages will have to fit in at 1136-by-1024. Most modern websites will adapt to fit that no matter if it’s the full desktop view or the mobile view.
    As far as crampness, definitely get a decent adblocker. I use AdGuard.
     
  10. rui no onna macrumors 603

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    I can definitely understand the OP's complaints. Here are some examples.

    On MacRumors Forums, the 12.9" iPad displays more content compared to the 9.7" iPad.

    However, if you look at the MacRumors Front Page, the 12.9" iPad simply displays the same content as the 9.7" iPad just blown up. There are plenty of webpages that behave similarly to the MR Front Page. Rather than take advantage of the larger display, they just display zoomed in versions of 1024x768 content (instead of 1366x1024). I'm very much looking forward to seeing iPadOS remedy this.


    MacRumors Forums

    9.7" iPad
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    12.9" iPad
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    MacRumors Front Page

    9.7" iPad
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    12.9" iPad
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  11. benshive macrumors regular

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    I won't be able to get to my iPad for another few hours but I'll grab a screenshot when I can.
     
  12. AutomaticApple macrumors 65816

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    Where did they say that?
     
  13. sparksd macrumors 68020

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    Apple said -

    Per‑site settings
    Choose to enable camera, microphone, and location access depending on the website you’re visiting. You can also decide whether to view a website in its desktop or mobile version, use Reader view, and enable content blockers on a per‑site basis.

    https://www.apple.com/ios/ios-13-preview/features/
     
  14. benshive macrumors regular

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    Desktop websites
    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.”
     
  15. rui no onna macrumors 603

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    I'm very curious how this works out (come on public beta, where are you?).

    The above screenshot for MR Front Page on 12.9" iPad was already after requesting desktop site. I've been to several sites where requesting the desktop version didn't do squat.
     
  16. ericwn macrumors 68020

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    It was part of the keynote presentation by Craig I believe.
     
  17. Feffi2014 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    CE889908-E9A2-46EF-99CF-F42FACAC95BB.jpeg I just checked out the keynote again. This is what Craig showed. You can clearly see that the iPad does not show a desktop version in the example they showed. Why can’t the resolution be the same as the MacBook next to it? Look at the difference! This clearly shows what I’m talking about.

    Desktop websites is apparently not the same as getting the desktop experience.
     
  18. dontpokebearz macrumors member

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    I'm not sure or convinced that iOS 13 will change the 'zoom' level when a website renders. I believe it's more of which version is loaded and forcing that.
     
  19. Falhófnir macrumors 68040

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    I agree it's not ideal, I usually either browse in portrait, or else have safari in split view 3/4 alongside a 1/4 YouTube or Music window. The nice thing is that in portrait the iPad pro is still as wide as a 9.7" in landscape.
     
  20. Feffi2014 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Wish they’d give us the option of zooming out
     
  21. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

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    I noticed that on my 12.9 but got tired of putting up with the bulk and returned it and got another 11 Pro and do not see this effect.
     
  22. Feffi2014 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The smaller iPad has the same behavior though. See the screen caps above. Glad you’re enjoying yours.
     
  23. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

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    The two iPad have replaced my laptop and desktop for cruising the Internet.

    What bothers one will not bother the other.

    Sorry you are not liking yours!
     
  24. TroyBoy30 macrumors 68020

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    love it on mine. course i use chrome and desktop sites
     
  25. masotime macrumors 68020

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    Apple already said they’d address this in iOS 13. I don’t understand the need to continue complaining about this, unless it’s because some devices won’t get iOS 13 or the changes in iOS 13 are inadequate.
     

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