iPad Safari on iPhone 3.2 SDK Simulator Walkthrough

Safari for iPad video

9to5Mac has posted up a walkthrough of the iPad's version of the Safari web browser, running on the iPhone 3.2 SDK's simulator. Instead of sliding in new screens, iPad Safari uses Apple's new popover menus to handle bookmarks, search, and other UI tasks.

We have to admit, it's looking great to us and we can't wait to get our geeky, multi-touchy hand on it.

Video after the break!

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iPad Safari on iPhone 3.2 SDK Simulator Walkthrough


I'm really starting to get excited about the iPad. At first I was totally against it, but now it's starting to grow on me. I can actually see myself using this more than I thought I would.

Tha lack of Flash was always expected, and while I won't be able to watch vids from some sites(CNET, Engadget, etc), for everything else, it'll be stellar.

Okay, I'll admit: it looks kind of cool. But unless I can actually do anything useful on it ( i.e. something that I can't do on my iPhone or MacBook), then there's simply no good reason for me to shell out $700-$800 for one. It's just not that impressive to me.

@Sadie, to me it looks like something I would want because I can do many of the SAME types of things I already can do on my desktop, laptop, or iPhone, but more comfortably. I can easily see myself doing about 75% of my web surfing on an iPad instead of another device. Unlike a laptop or desktop, it starts up or awakens instantly, and I can take it with me. Unlike an iPhone, it's got a screen big enough for more than just "quicky" surfing. Likewise for games and reading book or magazine content. I guess if I expected to run After Effects and Cinema 4D on it, I'd be disappointed, but I don't.

I shudder to think how many of these things will find their way into bathrooms. And I don't mean for relaxing in the tub, either.

Google will soon add the capability to play Flash videos to its Android mobile phone OS, Google product manager Eric Tseng announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
The move will allow Google to differentiate its platform from Apple's iPhone, which does not support Flash, and Microsoft's new Windows Phone 7 Series software, which will not support Flash in its first version.
"By working closely with Adobe we can tie the Flash runtime directly into the high-end hardware in these devices," said Tseng. He had been invited to demonstrate the technology during Google CEO Eric Schmidt's keynote speech at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Tuesday.
However, Tseng's attempt to play a Flash video embedded in the front page of The New York Times Web site was thwarted by competition for the wireless network in the theater.
"It's buffering," said Tseng. "Everybody get off Wi-Fi now."
A second demonstration, of an Android phone playing a trailer for a post-Apocalypse movie, was more successful.

This definitely looks very convenient and useful. I can imagine myself chilling in my kitchen with it, or at the airport, or taking notes in class, or even on vacation. This for me could replace a netbook and even a laptop for short-term trips and outings. I just hope the resolution is good enough...

@Mr. Anonymous: The iPad's pop-up windows appear to be a different version of the iPhone's list of buttons that scroll up from the bottom (e.g., when you tap and hold on a photo or web address in Safari). It's just a different way of using the larger screen real estate on the iPad.
@Sadie: The main thing that the iPad does that a Macbook does not do is effectively act like an iPhone: it runs all the time, can always be connected to the internet, and receives notifications and push messaging, with a flexible 3G data plan. No matter how efficient the hardware, no desktop OS can take advantage of always-on networking, because they don't have the kind of stand-by mode to do that, nor the power efficiency to support such a mode.
I don't think there's a generic notion of 'usability' or 'utility' that one can apply to portable electronics. Like, a turn-by-turn GPS system and an outdoor sports-style GPS system aren't useful in the same circumstances.
IMO, it was pretty obvious that Apple was going to use the iPhone OS for the iPad and that it would be less versatile in its overall functioning than a Macbook. I think what Apple got right on the iPad were price, connectivity options, battery life, and flexible keyboard options (on-screen keyboard, hardware keyboard dock, and compatibility with bluetooth keyboards). Those elements don't make the iPad a must-buy device, but they make the iPad worth considering.

Why would a developer still use .flv videos anyways? Flash now plays h.264 encoded .mp4 videos... Which can also be played on the iPhone and other mobile devices. A simple alternative content script and an iPhone user would have a seamless browsing experience watching the same video with the same quality as a user on a desktop computer running the flash plugin. Some web developers are just lazy. :)

Jules: you do know that FLV is not a video format. it's a wrapper, just like MOV, AVI and ASF. The codec that was used before Flash went to h.264 was On2's VP6 codec.