The update to iOS 7 is huge. I feel like I’ve read a few thousand articles about each of the new features — from the new multi-tasking to Notification Centre — but very few articles about the new apps in iOS 7. That needs to change. After all, these are the very first stock iOS apps to be designed from the get-go with the big screen in mind. Let’s not forget that the iPad wasn’t around until iOS 4.
Over the years, a lot of us have replaced the stock iOS apps on our iPads with apps that were more aesthetically beautiful or functional. iOS 7 is such a significant change that it’s time to revisit those stock apps and see if they’re worth keeping around. Without further ado, read on for our thoughts on the iPad’s stock apps.
The iPad has been around since 2010. It ushered in a new wave of computing and user experience design, all of it centred around a highly-interactive glass pane. So it’s sort of surprising that some apps really don’t differ much from their desktop versions. Safari is a perfect example of this — while browsing the Internet on Safari is a lovely experience with iPad, the interface largely remains unchanged.
Some people would argue this is a good thing and creates a sense of consistency. Others, like the folks behind the Opera browser, would argue otherwise. Opera’s new browser, Coast, is an attempt to completely reinvent what browsing on an iPad should be like. Read on for my thoughts on the new app.
There’s just something about the iPad, isn’t there? Things tend to look so good on the iPad, I find that I rarely try to change anything. On my PC, I constantly try to find a better browser, a better reader, but on the iPad I have the tendency to use whatever has been given to me. This is why I never really tried to find a replacement for Safari on my iPad before, even though I often wasn’t satisfied with it.
This all changed when I heard about the new Dolphin Browser HD for the iPad. I’ve heard about this browser for Android, and when it came out for the iPad I simply had to try it. Find out whether it’s worth the switch?
Earlier this week Web.AppStorm featured a massive roundup of awesome web apps for your iPad, interested? Then read on…
As incredible as it seems, it’s been over a year and a half since the original iPad was released, forever changing what the world thought of tablet computers. The old Tablet PCs were clunky, expensive machines that could run any Windows program, albeit slower and more awkwardly than a full computer. The iPad at first glance looks just like a scaled-up iPhone, but the wide range of apps and number of varied uses it’s found in homes, schools, and businesses has made tablets a permeant part of our computing ecosystem.
One area where the iPad and other tablets have lagged behind is with web apps. While Safari on the iPad is a modern, quite capable browser, many web apps are difficult to use with fingers, and can run very slow on slower processors. Over the past year, though, more and more web apps have been designed or updated to take advantage of the iPad’s features, including multitouch, gestures, and more. Let’s look at some of the best web apps today for the iPad, and if we miss your favorite, be sure to let us know in the comments below!
I have to be honest here, when surfing on the iPad I’ve never really given any other browser a chance. Safari is perfect for everything I need, I can’t think of the last time it frustrated me.
That Safari synchronises with my bookmarks is merely a bonus that helps it keep its lead.
I am, however, fascinated to know what other browsers people do use on their iPads. There must be reasons that make you want to switch, be it the ability to view Flash or simply the superior functionality, and I’d love to know them! What browser do you use, and why is that your current choice?
Do you use Skyfire because you can’t live without Flash? Or use a different browser in order to go full screen?
What percentage of iPad users stick with Safari as their primary browser? I’m betting it’s pretty high…
Lets get an idea of the top browsers among the illustrious readers of iPad.AppStorm, get involved with the poll just over there. It’d be great to know why you use what you use, especially if you select a browser other than Safari!
People love choices. Whether we opt for them or not, it’s always good to have choices. So despite Apple’s ridiculous rule that prevents any browser that doesn’t have a Webkit engine under its hood, iPad users still look for a better alternative to mobile Safari.
I don’t blame Safari. It’s a great browser, but for a long time we have been spoiled with the umpteen plugins and themes that we use in our desktop browsers. After the break, we have compiled a list of ten cool alternatives to the stock iPad browser.