Preview of Safari 16 on MacOS Ventura and iOS 16: New features in the series

A redesign of its interface that divides both views and options has evolved into more common ways on the Safari MacOS Ventura, iOS 16, and iPadOS 16. Like its predecessor, the Safari 16’s innovation is common to all three systems, with Apple offering a single browser point, which is more than ever.

Synchronization of website settings

With this single browser in mind, a new option makes it very easy to find the same web browsing experience regardless of the device you’re using, be it Mac, iPhone or iPad. This option, which is enabled by default, allows sharing website settings across all devices connected to the same iCloud account.

New option to share site settings between devices 7

The settings in question are related to page zoom, automatic video playback, content blocker, reader mode and various permissions (camera, microphone, terrain, etc.). If you want to systematically consult a website via reader mode, for example, you do not need to manually activate this option in each of your terminals, the setting will automatically apply to all of them.

If, conversely, you do not want to synchronize website settings everywhere or to a specific terminal, you can disable this new possibility in Safari settings.

Show links on Hover (iPadOS)

Still in this integration argument, Safari gains an option to display hover links on the iPadOS, an option that has long existed on Mac. Obviously, this only works when using a mouse or trackpad with the iPad, since you don’t have to touch / click the links, but rotate them with the cursor.

Display hover links on iPadOS 16 (Stage manager enabled here)

The address then appears in the lower left corner, as in the macOS version of Safari. In iPadOS 16 you need to enable the option in Safari settings.

More independent tab groups

Groups of tabs launched last year have been released Each group now has its own unique game start page. The start page of her “work” group may have different bookmarks and backgrounds than her “holiday” group. The other sections of the opening page are common to all

Each group of tabs has a start page

Also, Safari allows 16 tabs to be pinned within a tab group, which was not possible in previous versions.

Pin tabs in a group

Sharing tab group

Instead of exchanging links via messages to prepare for a vacation or a project, you can now share one (or more) group tabs. Invitations are currently via message only.

Option to share a group tab

Like a shared iWork document, you can choose whether guests can modify groups of tabs or just consult it. In the first case, guests can therefore add websites to the group. Other members are notified by a notification when a change occurs.

Tab group visited by guests

We can see which tabs members of the group have viewed live thanks to the presence of their profile picture (if a guest leaves Safari or consults with a site that does not belong to the shared group, they have seen his avatar attached to the last tab).

Florian is consulting with this tab

New language (soon) translated

The highly practical translation function integrated in Safari will support six new languages: Turkish, Thai, Vietnamese, Polish, Indonesian and Dutch.

These additional languages ​​are not yet available in the first beta of macOS Ventura and iOS / iPadOS 16, they should appear in an upcoming preview. As a reminder, all you have to do is select the text then select the translation option in the context menu to get an almost instant translation of the paragraph. About ten languages ​​are already supported on macOS Monterey and iOS 15.

Image text is also translated automatically

Speaking of translations, Safari 16 is now complete when translating a complete web page using the translate button in the address bar. Not only the text of the page is translated, but also the text contained in the images. The browser relies on the Live Text feature to recognize text in the image and then translate it on the fly.

Original version on the left. Translated version on the right, with text in image (it’s new).

In iOS 15 and macOS Monterey, it is already possible to translate text included in an image on the web, but it must be selected manually. Safari 16 So it works automatically when translating a whole page.

Recommended strong password change

When creating a new account on a website, when Safari offers a strong password, the browser tries to match that password with the requirements of the site. Only, even if it knows a lot about them, Safari does not know the expected composition (minimum or maximum length, presence or special characters, etc.) of passwords for all websites in the world.

If the suggested password is not appropriate, you can already change it manually by clicking on the eye next to it. Safari 16 further emphasizes this possibility of manual editing in the new “Other Options” menu.

This menu offers a simple-to-type strong password (this is the default recommended password) and a choice between the new, without any special characters. If none of these match, it is best to change the suggested password manually.

As long as we have passwords, we can finally reveal the passwords of Wi-Fi networks stored in iOS 16. Also, Safari 16 supports PaskeyA new authentication value that wants to replace the password.

Push notification

A major new feature in Safari 16 is support for push notifications. But, has the browser not been handling website notifications for a long time? On Mac, yes, but not on iOS In iOS 16 and iPadOS 16, websites will eventually be able to send notifications to users.

A web push notification to macOS Ventura from a Microsoft demo site

This new possibility will not be available from the final version of the mobile system, it will have to wait until next year (but it will be launched on Mac at the same time as MacOS Ventura). To limit abuse, websites can only send notifications when the user interacts with them – for example, by pressing a button.

For these notifications on iOS / iPadOS 16, like MacOS Ventura, Apple is actually adopting Web Push, an interoperable standard. Existing web push notification systems for other browsers will automatically work with Safari. Unlike conventional notification systems for Safari on the Mac, publishers will not need an Apple Developer Account to take advantage of this new possibility.

Synchronized and more complete extensions

Like website settings, extensions are now synced across all devices Extensions installed on other devices are shown in Safari settings. For example, if you install the Momentum extension on a Mac but not on an iPhone, it will still appear in the iPhone’s browser settings and can be installed very quickly.

Additionally, activating the extension on one device will enable it on all other devices where it is installed. If you do not want this synchronization, you need to uncheck the new “Share between devices” option.

Still in case of extensions, Safari 16 supports extensions for its web inspector. This means that developers can customize this tool with custom extensions. According to Apple, this would be especially useful for working on advanced frameworks such as Response, Angle or Vue. The first expansion for the inspector will come this fall.

Lots of new features for web developers

Since Safari is updated less frequently than Chrome or Firefox, each annual update brings a ton of changes for web developers at once. According to Apple, the Safari 16 has 162 new features and improvements.

We won’t mention them all, but in addition to extensions for web push and visitor, we can mention support for various improvements to CSS container requests, Flexbox inspectors, and animations. In general, developers have additional tools to fine-tune the layout of their websites. These new features are detailed in the WWDC 2022 session and on the Webkit blog.

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