While the iPad gives us a big beautiful screen to view websites on sometimes it is nice to read an article without outside distractions. For that the Reader, incorporated into the new (since iOS 5 upgrade) multi-tabbed Safari app is a great tool.
Not sure how Reader actually works and wondering why sometimes it’s available and sometimes it’s not? So were we, so join us after the break for a look at Reader.
Scott Forstall’s WWDC 2011 demo of Mobile Safari, including Reader:
Mobile Safari Reader works by looking for aticle content. So while it will not return a Reader button in the URL bar at our front page, which lists a short synopsis of a lot of articles, it will jump into gear when you click on and access any one of those articles. Unfortunately, and why I am not a big fan of the Safari Reader, it will not display videos in the ensuing scroll-page. I feel I am missing very important content by missing out on videos.
When Safari senses that there is indeed an article to be read you will see the Reader button displayed in the URL bar. Tapping on that button will produce the scroll-page containing the distraction-free article. You will find, in the upper left-hand corner two fonts letting you decide how large you would like the text displayed. You can easily toggle between the two at any time.
What people are saying about Safari’s Reader:
Love the new “Reader” functionality in mobile safari, makes web browsing 10x easier on iPhone
Oh wow. Just stumbled across the new Reader function in safari ios5 on iPhone. No more microscopic sites with a gazillion ads. Bravo @apple
Safari Reader is great on your iPhone, when space is definitely limited, but I think in certain instances you will like it on your iPad too. Give it a try today! After all it was included in the new version just for you!
Now that you are using the mobile-Safari Reader, have you checked out its Reading List feature? Be sure to read our tips and tricks article on that feature of the Safari iPad app too!
Scott Forstall’s WWDC 2011 demo of Mobile Safari, including Tabs, Reader, Reading List, Twitter integration and more