It’s time for a drumroll – we’re now officially live with iPad Safari shotworker. For now it is iOS version 5.1.1. There’s a lot of news how iPad has turned out to be the fastest selling consumer device ever. In June, mobile devices in total accounted for more than 10% of traffic according to StatCounter. iOS has about 2.5% of the total browser market (iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch combined).
2.5% might seem to be irrelevant but you should take into account two aspects that help iPad to punch above its weight. First, iPad conversion rates are about double in web-shops. Second, iPad is operating on the high end of the tablet market and it’s owners have more cash to spend compared to the average (that might contribute to the first argument as well).
As-usual, we had to go through some hoops to get it flying. Like the Mac OSX shotworker, we need to scroll the pages to get a full capture, but other than that – it’s works just fine! The pages are captured in landscape mode – this way we can also perform the cool difference comparison to give your eyes some rest!
Contrary to the common belief, Safari on iPad 3 is not so resolutionary as Apple’s website claims. While fonts are upscaled to look nicer the rest of the rendering is kept to the standard 768×1024 pixels. In any case, it’s a nice device! Our testing period on our staging server has shown that Safari on iPad has quite a few restrictions and rendering inconsistencies – we’re calling it now “the new IE6″.
Go on, and give it a try yourself. It’s free until we’re in beta and not public with the payment system. iPad shots are destined to be a paid feature in the very near future!