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Akshay Ghadge
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React UI - Best Practices for iOS Devices


This topic is crucial for anyone working with client-based web applications based on React. Testing your web application on iOS devices, similar to how you test on different browsers on a desktop, is essential for ensuring a seamless user experience.

Below are the 2 main parts in terms of UI - web app

  • Responsive Design
  • Cross Browser Compatibility

Responsive Design

Responsive design ensures that your web application looks and functions well on all devices, especially mobile devices like iPhones and iPads. Here's a detailed breakdown of how to implement responsive design in your React applications:

Viewport Settings
The first step in responsive design is to include the correct viewport settings in your HTML documents:

<meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1">
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  • width=device-width: Sets the width of the viewport to the width of the device, ensuring the webpage adapts to the screen size.

  • initial-scale=1: Sets the initial zoom level to 1, displaying the webpage at its natural size without any zoom.

These settings ensure that your webpage is responsive, adjusting its layout to fit the device's screen size and providing a better user experience on mobile devices.

Grid System
Utilize Material-UI’s (MUI) responsive grid system to create layouts that adapt to different screen sizes. The grid system is based on a 12-column layout:

Grid: A component used to create a responsive layout grid.
Item: A prop that defines the Grid component as a grid item. Grid items are children of a Grid container and define how the space within the grid container is divided among the items.

Layout Behavior
MUI’s grid system supports different layout behaviors based on screen sizes using breakpoints like xs, sm, md, lg, and xl.

Breakpoints are defined using createTheme to customize the theme for MUI components. Here’s how you can define custom breakpoints:

import { createTheme, useMediaQuery } from '@mui/material';
const theme = createTheme({
  breakpoints: {
    values: {
      xs: 0,
      sm: 768,
      md: 900,
      lg: 1200,
      xl: 1920,

const matches = useMediaQuery(theme.breakpoints.between('xs', 'md'));
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  • xs(extra small): 0px and above.
  • sm(small): 768px and above.
  • md(medium): 900px and above.
  • lg(large): 1200px and above.
  • xl(extra large): 1920px and above.

These breakpoints allow you to apply different styles or layouts based on the screen size.

For example, to make an 8-column grid on desktop responsive on smaller devices like an iPhone, use media queries to adjust the layout:

@media (max-width: 600px) {
  .grid-item {
    flex-basis: 100%;

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Make sure your media queries cover necessary ranges for devices like iPads, as Safari on iPad may have different screen dimensions.

Cross Browser Compatibility

Ensuring your web application functions smoothly and consistently across different web browsers is crucial for a broad user base.

Understanding Browser Differences
Different browsers use different rendering engines:

WebKit: Used by Safari.
Blink: Used by Chrome.
Gecko: Used by Firefox.

These differences can affect how your application is rendered and behaves on iOS devices.

Testing and Debugging
To ensure cross-browser compatibility:

  • Test on Real Devices: Use real iOS devices to test your application. Emulators and simulators may not always replicate the exact behavior.

  • Browser Developer Tools: Use the developer tools available in browsers like Safari, Chrome, and Firefox to debug and fix issues.

CSS and JavaScript Compatibility
Ensure that the CSS and JavaScript used in your application are compatible with all target browsers. Use tools like Autoprefixer to automatically add vendor prefixes to your CSS.

/* Write standard CSS */
.example {
  display: flex;

/* Let Autoprefixer handle vendor prefixes */
.example {
  display: -webkit-box;
  display: -ms-flexbox;
  display: flex;

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Sometimes, specific CSS rules are necessary for different browsers. Use browser-specific CSS hacks or feature queries:

/* Safari-specific styles */
@supports (-webkit-appearance: none) and (stroke-color: transparent) {
  .safari-specific {
    color: blue;

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Polyfills and Transpilers

For older browsers, consider using polyfills and transpilers:

Polyfills: JavaScript files that replicate modern browser features in older browsers.

Transpilers: Tools like Babel convert ES6+ JavaScript code into ES5, ensuring compatibility with older browsers.

// Your modern JavaScript code
const greet = () => {
  console.log('Hello, world!');

// Transpiled code for older browsers
"use strict";

var greet = function greet() {
  console.log('Hello, world!');

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Implementing these best practices will help ensure that your React applications provide a consistent and high-quality user experience on iOS devices. Responsive design and cross-browser compatibility are key components in achieving this goal. By understanding and applying these principles, you can create web applications that perform well across a variety of devices and browsers. Regular testing and leveraging modern web development tools and techniques are essential in maintaining a smooth user experience.

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ravi shivdas

Thank you so much for sharing valuable inputs, your tips and examples are really helpful.