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iPhone: The Missing Manual by David Pogue

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Chapter 7. The Web

The Web on the iPhone looks like the Web on your computer, and that's one of Apple's greatest accomplishments. You see the real deal—the actual fonts, graphics, and layouts—not the stripped-down, bare-bones mini-Web you usually get on cellphone screens.

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The iPhone's Web browser is Safari, a lite version of the same one that comes with every Macintosh and is now available for Windows. It's fast (at least in a Wi-Fi hot spot), simple to use, and very pretty indeed.

Safari Tour

You get onto the Web by tapping the Safari icon on the Home screen (below, left); the very first time you do this, a blank browser window appears (below, right). As noted in the last chapter, the Web on the iPhone can be either speedy and satisfying (when you're in a Wi-Fi hot spot) or slow and excruciating (when you're on AT&T's cellular network). Even so, some Web is usually better than no Web at all.

Tip

You don't have to wait for a Web page to load entirely. You can zoom in, scroll, and begin reading the text even when only part of the page has appeared.

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Safari has most of the features of a desktop Web browser: bookmarks, autocomplete (for Web addresses), bookmarks, cookies, a pop-up ad blocker, and ...

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