Explore the Web with Safari on the iPad - dummies

Explore the Web with Safari on the iPad

By Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

The Apple Safari web browser is a major reason that the ’Net on the iPad is very much like the ’Net you’ve come to expect on a more traditional computer. Come to think of it, the ’Net often looks a lot better on the third-generation iPad thanks to its striking Regina display. And the screens on the iPad 2 and original model aren’t too shabby either.

Safari for the Mac and for Windows is one of the very best web browsers in the business. Safari on the iPhone has no rival as a cell phone browser. As you might imagine, Safari on the iPad is equally appealing.

Moreover, starting with the iOS 4.3 software upgrade, Apple revved up Safari’s performance with what the company refers to as a Nitro JavaScript engine.

Here’s a quick tour of the Safari browser. Take a look at this figure: Not all browser controls found on a Mac or PC are present. Still, Safari on the iPad has a familiar look and feel.


Surfing the web begins with a web address, of course. When you start by tapping the address field in iPad’s Safari, the virtual keyboard appears.

Here are a few tips for using the keyboard in Safari:

  • Because so many web addresses end with the suffix .com, the virtual keyboard has a dedicated .com key. For other common web suffixes — .edu, .net, .org, .us, .ro, .eu — press and hold the .com key and choose the relevant domain type.

  • Of equal importance, both the period (.) and the slash (/) are on the virtual keyboard because you frequently use them when you enter web addresses.

  • The moment you tap a letter, you see a list of web addresses that match those letters. For example, if you tap the letter E (as shown in this figure), you see web listings for ESPN, eBay, and others. Tapping U or H instead may display listings for USA TODAY or the Houston Chronicle.


The iPad has two ways to determine websites to suggest when you tap certain letters:

  • Bookmarks: One method is the websites you already bookmarked from the Safari or Internet Explorer browsers on your computer.

  • History: The second method iPad uses when suggesting websites when you tap a particular letter is to suggest sites from the History list — those cyberdestinations where you recently hung your hat.