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pika2000

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My 10.5” iPad Pro finally received iOS 13.1.2 OTA, straight from iOS 12.4.1.
During the keynote, the always requesting desktop site seems like a good idea. In practice, it broke a lot of websites. The problem is desktop versions of many websites have UI that confronts to mouse hover. This is impossible on a Touch only iPad. Some sites end up being impossible to navigate. Thing is, due to the popularity of iPads, many websites have really great “mobile” versions of their sites that is touch friendly.
After being frustrated for several days, I finally turned off the always request desktop site feature.

it makes me think what is the purpose of Apple making this as the default. It’s better to turn it off, and manually turn it on for specific websites. You can do this by tapping on the font size icon on the address bar. YMMV.
 
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Digitalguy

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Can you give some examples? I haven’t had any issues so far and even when mouse was an issue (long titles in youtube) the added benefits of the desktop version far outweighted this small issue
 

StellarVixen

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Slowly, many websites are doing away with having specific version for desktop and mobile devices. Everyone is embracing so called "fluid/responsive" web design, where the web page detects on what device is it being read on, and adjusts the layout accordingly. You can try it on your iPhone. With some websites, you just change the orientation to landscape, and voila, webpage changes magically to desktop layout.


Therefore, on some webpages that are using this design, "request desktop version" does practically nothing.
 

AutomaticApple

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My 10.5” iPad Pro finally received iOS 13.1.2 OTA, straight from iOS 12.4.1.
During the keynote, the always requesting desktop site seems like a good idea. In practice, it broke a lot of websites. The problem is desktop versions of many websites have UI that confronts to mouse hover. This is impossible on a Touch only iPad. Some sites end up being impossible to navigate. Thing is, due to the popularity of iPads, many websites have really great “mobile” versions of their sites that is touch friendly.
After being frustrated for several days, I finally turned off the always request desktop site feature.

it makes me think what is the purpose of Apple making this as the default. It’s better to turn it off, and manually turn it on for specific websites. You can do this by tapping on the font size icon on the address bar. YMMV.
Have you tried using a mouse with your iPad to combat this?
 

pika2000

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Slowly, many websites are doing away with having specific version for desktop and mobile devices. Everyone is embracing so called "fluid/responsive" web design, where the web page detects on what device is it being read on, and adjusts the layout accordingly. You can try it on your iPhone. With some websites, you just change the orientation to landscape, and voila, webpage changes magically to desktop layout.


Therefore, on some webpages that are using this design, "request desktop version" does practically nothing.

Yeah, good websites definitely would adjust things like mouse hover design into something more touch friendly.

In short, I never had issues browsing websites prior to iOS 13, so I’m not sure now why people are lauding this request desktop version to all websites to be enabled by default. It was certainly not a good experience for me.

Oh well, at least it can be turned off.
 
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