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Why do iPad landscape splash screens look stretched?
Why do iPad landscape splash screens look stretched?

Find out why Safari stretches your landscape splash screens on mobile

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Written by Kevin Basset
Updated over a week ago

On iOS, a PWA requires a splash screen image to be supplied in the source code of your app for every single iPad and iPhone size that exists (that's 25+ individual images).

Progressier automatically creates them for you, so you don't have to worry about them at all (you can also preview what the tool does manually).

iPad OS splash screens in landscape mode

However, you may have noticed that on iPads, specifically in landscape mode, your splash screens look stretched. Why?

Well, this is because of long-standing bug still not fixed by Apple (as of November 2022). Instead of using the supplied landscape splash screens, Safari uses the portrait splash screens and then expand them to fit the screen.

Unfortunately, there is no way to fix this. We'll have to wait for Apple to issue a fix. Note that this bug exists in some iPads that run iPad OS 13 or later. Older iPad typically don't have that issue.

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