Besides major new features such as multitasking and folders, the iOS 4.2.1 update also brought to the iPad and iPhone a flurry of less known – albeit great – improvements. Mobile Safari is one of the apps benefiting from these enhancements, as the user is now allowed to search for keywords within a web page, a simple feature that was missing from iOS so far.
To find a specific keyword, simply tap on the Google search bar at the top of Mobile Safari. From there, type the word you are looking for, and right below the Google suggestions offered by the browser, a new section will appear, called “On This Page”. The number of occurrences of the word you are looking for is displayed, and if you tap on your query, Safari will take you to the first instance of the word on the page you are currently browsing.
If the first instance of your keyword is not what you’re looking for, no worries, as Mobile Safari also offers a new control bar at the bottom of the screen, when in Find mode. Thanks to this new bar, you can very quickly scan through the page until you find the right word in the right spot.
The feature is extremely useful, and simple to use, even though it is not well documented. Give it a shot, it works with all iOS devices running 4.2.1.