Mobile Safari goes from good to great with some of the new features announced in today’s iOS 5 announcement. Nothing has been mentioned about any improvements in speed or performance, but it seems Apple has set its focus on your ability to read an article without any distraction. In the mentioned enhancements we have:
This is one of the most praised features of Safari on any Mac. After you load any post from a blog or a newspaper, you’ll get a button asking you if you’d prefer to read the content in Reader mode. What it does is strip the post of all Ads and distractions, enhance the images and text to a sort of “Times New Roman” or “Georgia” font and let you read the article as if you were reading a book.
If you’re a big fan of Instapaper or any other service that allows you to read content later, Reading List is another option. What makes this option cool is that you don’t need an App for it, and that it syncs with your other iOS devices.
We’re still not sure if this feature will make it to the iPhone, since it was only demoed on the iPad, but we’ll leave this part of the post as “Developing” as we get more information later on.