A single feature has dramatically improved my iPad: desktop Safari. By making the tablet’s web browser behave mostly like the one you’d use on personal computers running MacOS or Windows, desktop Safari upgraded my iPad into a much more productive mini-laptop. How? In short, by leaving behind the constraints of stripped-down mobile apps in favor of fuller-featured web apps. Tablets shouldn’t be held back by app interfaces designed for tiny phone screens. When pairing an iPad with an external keyboard, you can get almost as much done with desktop Safari as you can with a laptop. Desktop Safari — that’s what Apple calls it — arrives on Monday, Sept. 30, when Apple releases iPadOS, the first version of the software to significantly diverge from iOS, its iPhone progenitor. I’ve been testing the public beta since it arrived in June. My setup is a 2018-era 11-inch iPad Pro ($950 for the 256GB model) with an Apple Smart Keyboard Folio (another $180). I was happy with my iPad for Netflix, crossword puzzles, games, Lightroom photo editing and lightweight typing duties, such as Slack and Twitter. But I couldn’t do much more. Desktop Safari changes that, making it easier to justify the steep… Read full this story
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