the web comes to the iPod
September 5, 2007 at 3:06 PM
Apple today announced the soon to be available iPod touch - effectively a phoneless iPhone. The new iPod enables wifi based web browsing, featuring a variation of Safari as its browser. How do your page designs fair when the browser window is 320px wide? Is this the end of the fixed width page design?
The question here is, does iPod touch respect the "handheld" media attribute? If I recall correctly, iPhone didn't. I don't think designs are going to change in the browser (320px is just not enough to give a full user experience), but developers will have to think about supplying extra styles for such devices.
Surely if anything it will encourage designers to ignore small-screen widths and use fixed widths, seeing as the iPod/iPhone does page zoom.
What about developing a mobile version of our sites, a la amazon or facebook? With the iPhone and the iPod Touch, Apple puts the internet in millions of pockets. This is major. It's gonna change the way that we shop, the way that we choose how we want to be entertained. Bringing Internet Everywhere to the mass! Am just sayin!…
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