[iPadOS] Safari Desktop and the future of apps
I’ve been using the beta for a couple of days now and one of the things I’ve been consistently surprised and excited about is the experience using the new Safari. Whether it’s because of the user agent or the newness of it, websites don’t generally know that I’m using an iPad to browse the internet.
That means pages aren’t bugging me to switch to an iPad app for a better experience. Coupled with content filtering, i’ve found that i’ve stopped using some iPad apps entirely… Reddit being the best example here. Normally I use Apollo or Comet, but I’ve almost completely swapped to using the new interface of Reddit in Safari. Google Docs also provides a generally better experience on the web.
Obviously, this leads to the desire for plugins/extensions in Safari now…. but I’m interested in knowing other people’s thoughts. Is this going to reduce the desire for some developers to write iPad apps? Or will this produce better apps that offer a more meaningful difference? How will this impact porting iPad apps to Mac?