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iPhone 5 Portable Genius by Paul McFedries

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Browsing Tips for Faster Surfing

If you’re like me, the biggest problem you have with the web is that it’s just so darned huge. We spend great big chunks of our day visiting sites and still never seem to get to everything on that day’s To Surf list. The iPhone helps lessen (but, alas, not eliminate) this problem by allowing you to surf wherever Wi-Fi can be found (or just wherever if you only have a cellular connection). Even so, the faster and more efficient your iPhone surfing sessions are, the more sites you see. The touchscreen tips I covered earlier can help, and in this section I take you through a few more useful tips for speedier surfing.

Opening and managing multiple browser pages

When you’re perusing web pages, what happens when you’re on a page that you want to keep reading, but you also need to leap over to another page for something? On your computer’s web browser, you probably open another tab, use that tab to open the other page, and then switch back to the first page when you finish. It’s an essential web-browsing technique, but can it be done with the Safari browser on your iPhone?

Well, the Safari app may not have tabs, but it has the next best thing: pages. With this feature, you can open a second browser window and load a different page into it. Then, it’s just a quick tap and flick to switch between them. You’re not restricted to a meager two pages either. Your iPhone lets you open up to eight — count ’em, eight — pages, so you can throw some wild web page ...

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