iPad Emulator

August 6th, 2010 By Scott Savage Categories: advertising, Hardware, Internet, software

Safari Develop Menu

Do you want to see what an iPad user sees when they look at your website? Well there is a simple way to check it out without buying an iPad on either Windows or Mac:

  1. Download and install Safari (if you don’t already  have it)
  2. Edit -> Preferences (or Safari -> Preferences on a Mac)
  3. Go to the Advanced tab
  4. Check the “Show Develop menu in menu bar” option
  5. Close the preferences window
  6. A new “Develop” menu option will appear
  7. Select “User Agent” and then “Mobile Safari 3.2 – iPad”

It isn’t perfect (hard to simulate rotating the device) and you should also disable Flash, but it gives you a rough impression.

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4 Responses to “iPad Emulator”

  1. March 12th, 2011 at 07:01
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    be sure to also select “show menu bar” or you will never see it.

  2. pepe
    July 1st, 2011 at 01:31
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    It doesn’t work really. I have some really big differences between the really ipad and the “safari ipad” version in some pages.

  3. Shootin’ Ugli
    January 7th, 2012 at 01:17
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    I think all it does is change the user agent reported to the site. It doesn’t draw the controls like Mobile Safari does, which is what I’m looking for.

  4. Endre
    May 4th, 2012 at 02:03
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    This only simulates the agent string, not the rendering engine.

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