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I'm trying to test out how my website looks on the iPhone, but all I have is an iPad. Is there a way to force the iPad into iPhone size view window?

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I recommend for this. You can test with various iOS versions as well. – Brad Feb 26 '12 at 0:52

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Nope, you can't do that. But if you have a Mac, you can install Xcode from the Mac App Store for free.

It comes with an app called iOS Simulator which will let you run Mobile Safari on your Mac, including the resolution of older iPhones/iPods (non-retina display), new retina display iPhones, and the iPad's resolution.

It also implements all the touch screen Javascript events (eg: onmouseover is triggered when you tap instead of onclick, then onclick is triggered when you tap again), double tap to zoom into a DOM element, and will properly show you how things like fixed position CSS elements will appear, which is very different on Mobile Safari compared to regular desktop Safari, and it gives you all the iOS form elements (<select multiple> fields are completely different for example).

I'm not aware of any way to properly test your website on Windows or Linux, changing the browser window size is not good enough.

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Don't know why I didn't think of that. Thanks! – mheavers Feb 25 '12 at 22:42
Don't you have to be a developer to do this? – daviesgeek Feb 25 '12 at 23:53
Nope, you only need to be a developer to deploy apps on the App Store and access beta versions of OS X. All of the tools have always been freely available from Apple, ever since the 80's. – Abhi Beckert Feb 26 '12 at 0:09

Well, you could find a third-party browser app that is only for the iPhone and use that on your iPad. There are plenty of free ones. Just search for "browser" in the App Store.

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More or less any browser which has a special iPhone version (not universal) will work. I recommend the Perfect Browser, or Aquari iPhone browser.

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You can use Dolphin browser. Just download it for iPad from iPhone apps section. You can also use service like

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