The new "desktop class" features of Safari are getting all the press in iPadOS, but the new download folder and the best support for websites are not everything. There are also new configuration panels in the application with a lot of options, for example, size of the site text, and even a new font in the Safari Reader view. Let's review.
Safari Application Configuration Panel
The new Safari configuration panel is accessed from a new button on the far left of the URL bar. The new buttons display an icon aA that replaces the old icon of 4 lines of iOS 12 Reader View. Tap and you will see this:
As you can see, this is still the place to access the Reader's View (more on this in a second) , but there are also several new options …
This is huge (possibly literally). Now you can increase or decrease the type size on any page by simply touching these buttons. The 100% button returns the text to the default site size.This configuration is preserved for that site, so you will never have to deal with small text again.Set, and forget.I love this function.
Hide toolbar does just that, hides the toolbar of Safari, showing only one strip with the name of the site. To retrieve the toolbar, just touch anywhere on this strip. It is not necessary to re-enter the configuration panel to turn it off. This is useful if you are making a large up and down scroll, since it prevents the toolbar from appearing each time you move backwards, even a little. It can be even more useful on the iPhone, with its smaller screen, but I have not tried it yet.
Request mobile site
In iPadOS, Safari automatically loads the Desktop site standard, the same one you see on your Mac. If you prefer to view the mobile version of a site, you can request it here. It is also possible to configure this as default per site, using the Website Configuration panel that we will see in a moment.
Turn off content blockers
You can turn off the content blockers for the current page, and they will remain disabled until you reload the page. And again, it is also possible to see this as default per site.
It is now possible to make site-specific settings for content blockers, using content blocking applications. 1Blocker, for example, allows you to adjust your configuration without leaving Safari, thanks to an excellent shared extension. The native alternation of Safari is primitive in comparison: it is only enabled or disabled, while 1Blocker will allow you to enable only comments on a site, for example, while still blocking all other crawlers.
But the native method has one big advantage: it works without telling any third party application which sites are on the whitelist. And it is also much faster to use.