Go Full Screen with Safari on iPhone & iPod touch to See More While Browsing the Web
One of the many subtle additions in the iOS 6 update is the new ability to go into Full Screen Mode with Safari on iPhone and iPod touch. With just a tap you can boost the viewable size of web pages while you’re in landscape (horizontal) orientation, making the most of web browsing on the smaller screens:
- Open any website in Safari on iPhone or iPod touch, and tilt the device into landscape orientation
- Tap the little opposite arrow icons in the lower right corner to enter into full screen view
The area visible on web pages is increased dramatically, making reading and browsing on the smaller screened iPhone and iPod much more pleasant. To escape out of full screen mode in Safari, either re-orientate the device vertical (portrait) or just tap the arrow buttons again in the corner to go back to the normal Safari view.
For Mac users, you’ll find Safari’s full screen mode is a lot like taking apps full screen in OS X Lion onward, which can be a great way to maximize the screen real estate on portable Macs with limited screen space. It makes perfect sense to bring such a feature to the iOS world, but curiously this great feature is unavailable on the iPad, perhaps a future iOS update will add it there too.