2021 and Apple’s new operating systems introduced this year will go down in history. And not at all because of its cool features or innovations – although there are those too. This year will be remembered by all fans and critics of Apple for something else – for the first time in a long time, a company that usually “bends its line” and does not listen to anyone, it seems, decided to heed the requests of its fans. The proprietary browser Safari is a vivid confirmation of this.
On June 7, 2021, Apple showed us a seriously updated Safari – but after a few beta versions, it decided to rethink some of the features, and some even to be canceled. However, such perturbations do not make the application worse – on the contrary, it is very prettier. We have collected all the innovations in Apple’s branded browser, which will appear in September after the release of iOS 15.
This is perhaps the most visible part of Safari’s changes. And the browser redesign in the past two months has been a stone of contention for many. Some complained that it became very inconvenient and unusual to use it, while others were delighted with the changes.
Initially, the address bar was moved from the top of the screen to the bottom, and was placed there in a floating window on top of the page. However, more recently, Apple decided to make adjustments and removed the transparency – now the address bar has become a control panel and merged with the buttons on the bottom edge. In addition, the company has added a switch to Safari preferences that returns the address bar to the top for conservative users.
By the way, to move the address bar down, open “Settings” – Safari and find the “Tabs” block. Choose the option that is convenient for you. Another way – in the browser itself, click the “aA” button and select “Show the top address bar”.
Navigating between tabs is now easier – just swipe left or right on the address bar to switch to the previous or next tab. Nuance: this feature works only in the new design mode (the address bar at the bottom of the screen).
New way to refresh the page
The webpage refresh button has now disappeared from the Safari control panel. But the function itself is, of course, in place – it’s just that in iOS 15, the page is reloaded with a simple swipe from top to bottom. This looks logical, since it is with this gesture that content is updated in many native and third-party applications.
This little feature automatically adjusts the Safari control panel to match the color of the web page. This improves the appearance of the page visually, but does not have any utilitarian purpose.
Mac-style tab bar
This is a new tab mode that closely resembles macOS Monterey — the tabs appear on top in a horizontal carousel. This mode is activated when using the iPhone in landscape orientation. From the nuances: the feature does not work on the iPhone SE 2020; maybe it’s a small diagonal, or maybe it’s a bug that will be fixed later.
Starting in iOS 15, Safari allows you to organize your tabs into groups. To create a new group or view an existing one, tap the edit tabs icon and tap the tab counter near the bottom of the screen.
Tab groups can come in handy if you’re making plans for a short time – like going on vacation, for example. In this case, all the tabs related to booking accommodation, ordering a taxi and tourist places can be grouped – and they will not be an “eye” on the main screen.
In iOS 14, tabs were viewed as cards that folded into a carousel. Now they are displayed in the form of tiles, which are much easier to see. Unnecessary tabs are closed as before – just “throw” them off the screen with a swipe.
Customizable start page
Starting with macOS Big Sur, the Safari browser allows you to customize the home page – for example, select the desired information blocks or change the background image. The same customization is now available on iOS / iPadOS 15.
Safari in iOS 15 now supports the same extensions available for Mac. Many have been waiting for this opportunity, and very soon it will be possible to use it. To download a new extension, you need to go to the App Store and select it from the list of available ones.
This feature allows you to recognize text in images and photographs in order to work with it later in text editors. To recognize and use text from an image, you need to hold the image and then select Show Text.
In iOS 15 beta, this feature is unstable and not on all devices.
“Sent to you”
This is a small piece of information that appeared on the Safari start page. It collects all links that were recently sent to the owner of the iPhone or iPad via iMessage or other applications that are compatible with the Sent to You feature.
In addition to the link itself, the “Sent to you” block displays its preview, as well as the name and avatar of the user who sent it.