Apple updates Safari web browser for iOS 5.0


The next version of Apple’s operating system for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad will include an updated web browsing experience.

First up, there’s a new Reader mode which reformats web pages to better fit the screen on your mobile device. You can also grab a link from any page to email the contents of a story to a contact.

Second, Apple is unveiling a new feature called Reading List, which works like Instapaper or Read It Later. We had a hint that this was coming recently, and basically it allows you to mark stories you want to read later in your desktop or mobile browser and continue reading later on another device.

In other words, you could mark a story on your iPhone and continue reading on an iPad. Reading List also supports the desktop Safari web browser.

Finally, Apple has added support for tabbed web browsing, which means you can view a list of open web pages all on one screen. The iPad version of Safari now looks a lot more like the desktop version, but we haven’t seen how it works on Apple’s smaller devices.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since 2006. Brad has also worked with NPR, WHYY, PRI, and AOL.

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