Safari for iPod touch has different user agent string, may not go directly to iPhone-optimized sites

Safari for iPod touch has different user agent string, may not go directly to iPhone-optimized sites

The version of Safari used by the iPod touch is ostensibly the same as the version used by the iPhone, but carries a slightly different user agent string.

  • iPod Touch user agent string Mozila/5.0 (iPod; U; CPU like Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/420.1 (KHTML, like Geckto) Version/3.0 Mobile/3A101a Safari/419.3
  • iPhone user agent string Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU like Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/420 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0 Mobile/1C28 Safari/419.3

Notice the different in device identifier, and the different build number.

Unfortunately, this means that the iPod touch will not, currently, navigate immediately to the iPhone-optimized versions to which many sites automatically redirect -- a temporary problem until site authors adjust for the change.

Feedback? info@iphoneatlas.com.

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