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Author Topic: How to test website on iOS legally without owning an Apple device?  (Read 3749 times)

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Some of you are probably aware that most iPad and iPhone browsers are absolute garbage when it comes to displaying websites properly and most of the time, even third-party alternatives such as Opera Mini won't do the job either. However, as developers who own an Android device, getting a website to show up properly on iOS devices can be a major nightmare if we don't own an iPhone, iPad or Mac computer we might not be willing to shell $300-700 for one just to make sure that @c4ooo , for example, can get WalrusIRC to work on iPad. Omnimaga had the same problem for 3 years (2011-14) with OmnomIRC box expanding forever in iOS Safari because no Omni staff owned an iPhone/iPad to fix the bug.

I have searched Google to see if there are Windows-compatible alternatives and found http://ipad-emulator.org/ and http://ipadpeek.com/ , but neither works (all URLs I try shows a blank page in Windows 7 Safari, Opera and Firefox) and all other options I found were from several years ago, often with broken links or they were Mac-only (and required to sign up as Apple Developer, which, I assume, also costs a lot of money that I might not be willing to spend).

So does anyone knows any free and legal solution?
« Last Edit: August 19, 2015, 02:05:05 am by DJ Omnimaga »


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I'm not sure. I wonder how Safari for windows would render them? I assume there is a Safari for windows and that's what Iphones/Ipads use.

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The web rendering issues are only on iDevices it seems. I tried CodeWalrus on Windows Safari and the only problem I had is that the Search button is down by a few pixels. WalrusIRC worked fine.
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Ah I see.:/ It seems there would have to be a solution for web developers to test stuff. If there isn't that's a fail on Apple's part.

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I know that if you have a mac, you can use xcode, and its emu for free. SO maybe find out who has a mac around here and ask them to?
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Wait, I thought that XCode and its emulator required an paid Apple Developer license or membership in order to be installed? Also is the emulator guaranted to emulate iOS browsers exactly how they are on the real thing or are they just desktop browsers set to a smaller resolution with the user agent replaced to show mobile websites by default?
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This is why i don't like apple. It's either impossible or costs an industrial amount of money to develop for it, even something simple as a website. It's practically impossible for small hobby coders to make something for apple devices.
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even third-party alternatives such as Opera Mini won't do the job either.
Third party browsers aren't allowed to bring their own engine because of the stupid appstore rules. So they all use the system's web engine which sucks.
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This is why i don't like apple. It's either impossible or costs an industrial amount of money to develop for it, even something simple as a website. It's practically impossible for small hobby coders to make something for apple devices.
And the issue with that is that many people use iDevices to browse the web so us web developers who don't own such device have our hands tied by Apple. I bet Apple intentionally left in some browser compatibility issues just to convince web developers to buy their emulation tools.

even third-party alternatives such as Opera Mini won't do the job either.
Third party browsers aren't allowed to bring their own engine because of the stupid appstore rules. So they all use the system's web engine which sucks.
I see, that might explain why even third-party browsers couldn't do the job.
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This is why i don't like apple. It's either impossible or costs an industrial amount of money to develop for it, even something simple as a website. It's practically impossible for small hobby coders to make something for apple devices.
And the issue with that is that many people use iDevices to browse the web so us web developers who don't own such device have our hands tied by Apple. I bet Apple intentionally left in some browser compatibility issues just to convince web developers to buy their emulation tools.

even third-party alternatives such as Opera Mini won't do the job either.
Third party browsers aren't allowed to bring their own engine because of the stupid appstore rules. So they all use the system's web engine which sucks.
I see, that might explain why even third-party browsers couldn't do the job.
I have an old iPod touch laying around if that helps.
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Wait why did you quote my post without adding any new content or reply? O.O
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Wait why did you quote my post without adding any new content or reply? O.O
I managed to get my comment into a nested quote.
That's why you didn't saw it. I fixed it.
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Ah ok I see it now. Thanks :)
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I think after you buy Xcode, the emulator doesn't have a web browser.

But last time I used xcode was around 5th grade
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