How to View iPad-Ready Websites via Your Firefox Web Browser


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Curious to see what iPad-ready websites look like without an iPad? If you have Firefox installed on your computer, download the User Agent Switcher add-on and create a new iPad user agent profile (details below) so you can view iPad-ready websites on your desktop (Note: viewing HTML5 video may be a problem since Firefox supports the license-free Theora format instead of H.264). The process is super easy and it will allow you to view sites in a tablet-friendly format, if that’s something you’re interested in. If you have a large screen Android device, you may want to try the add-on with Fennec (Firefox mobile) — early release details here. Chrome users see here.

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Credit: The Next Web

iPad User Agent (iPad-ready website instructions from Apple):

Mozilla/5.0(iPad; U; CPU iPhone OS 3_2 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/531.21.10 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0.4 Mobile/7B314 Safari/531.21.10

UPDATE: I just tested this. Chrome users (even on Linux) can can easily change their user agent by launching Chrome with the following user agent string:

-user-agent=”Mozilla/5.0(iPad; U; CPU iPhone OS 3_2 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/531.21.10 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0.4 Mobile/7B314 Safari/531.21.10″

Example from the command line:

$ google-chrome -user-agent=”Mozilla/5.0(iPad; U; CPU iPhone OS 3_2 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/531.21.10 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0.4 Mobile/7B314 Safari/531.21.10″

Check your result at: http://whatsmyuseragent.com/




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  • jurrabi

    Really? Is this how it works? So Apple says jump and 50 million people do it all around the world?

    For me, if they want to put walls to the forest with their proprietary licenses and everybody want to make their own keys… I'll keep going around…