What’s new in Safari?

We had to wait for the arrival of the latest iOS 15 beta to get a final glimpse of what Safari would look like. Because the final version of the browser doesn’t look quite the same as the one presented by Apple at WWDC last June.

When Apple designed Safari’s new interface, it chose to move the address bar to the bottom of the screen. If this choice seems rather justified in terms of ergonomics, especially in smartphones equipped with a very large screen, its implementation under iOS 15 is not without concessions. Initially, Apple envisioned this new floating address bar at the bottom of the screen and moved the control buttons to the additional menu, which is enough to clutter the navigation, especially since the position of this bar hides certain interface elements of the website, in particular the GDPR banner to accept or reject cookies and their button.

Faced with this ergonomic problem, Apple has revised its copy. The Cupertino company eventually abandoned the floating bar to integrate a static bar on which the usual navigation commands are displayed. To satisfy all users and limit frustration, the Californian company even decided to leave the choice in the location of Safari’s address bar. Added an option in the sixth beta to move the address bar to the top of the screen to find the old browser interface.

Despite its troubled beginnings, Safari is full of new features and enriched with numerous small functions designed to improve and simplify its daily use.

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A new interface

The first opening of Safari under iOS 15 upsets all your habits. Apple has chosen to natively integrate the address bar, or more accurately the tab bar, at the bottom of the screen. Because that’s what it’s all about. By moving this interface element to the bottom of the screen, Apple thought about small-hand navigation on the largest screens. Navigation in Safari can now be done with one hand.

The address bar positioned this way lets you move from one tab to another by dragging directly from left to right and vice versa. Also, when you reach the last tab, swiping it to the left will open a new one.

To display all tabs, a swipe up gesture is enough to get a mosaic of open tabs. If the button that allows the display of tabs remains present, the possibility to quickly display them without activating it is very useful, especially since as it is, it is not always obvious to reach it with one hand.

Other ergonomic improvements have been made by Apple. So you can now quickly pull down and refresh a page.

Also, if you’re using Safari horizontally, in landscape view, the tab bar will appear like a Mac, with all open tabs and the ability to rearrange them using a drag and drop.

Aesthetically, Apple has added a new option settings iOS 15’s Safari is dedicated. You can edit now Website color That’s what you suggest. Thanks to this, the address bar takes on the background color of the visited site when it is minimized during navigation, regardless of whether it is displayed at the top or bottom of the screen.

But if the address bar’s new location doesn’t suit you, you can easily move the address bar to the top in Safari.

As surprising as it may seem, Apple has provided an option to easily switch from one display to another. It can also be modified in two ways.

A customizable homepage

With iOS 15, Safari inherits a customizable homepage. When you open a new tab, the browser no longer only displays tiles on the most frequently viewed or recently opened pages. Now you can select the elements you want to appear there. By default, iOS 15 shows favorites, URLs shared with you from other apps, Safari’s privacy report, and sites saved to your reading list.

You will find these options at the very bottom of the page when opening a new tab. Just press the button Edit To access the panel for Customize the page. You’ll be able to rearrange, add, or remove the display order of this home page on all your Apple devices connected to your iCloud account by enabling the option. Use the start page on all devices.

And for a touch of aesthetics, Apple allows you to configure an image to display in the background of a new tab. iOS 15 offers several preset images, but you can simply draw a personal image from the iPhone’s camera roll by pressing the + button.

Grouped tabs

Still aiming to improve and simplify navigation in Safari, Apple is introducing a new option in iOS 15 to create groups of tabs. This function, already offered by some competitors, helps to strengthen the organization of open pages in Safari You can create an empty tab group and fill it manually, or create a tab group from all tabs that are already open.

The navigation system in tabs, recognized by buttons consisting of two overlapping squares, also had to evolve. While accessing private browsing in Safari was relatively easy before (it was enough to access the tabs to activate the option), now it is necessary to display the mosaic of tabs and place the navigation menu that appears at the bottom of the screen to switch. Navigation personal.

Arrival of extensions

The deployment of iOS 15 to iPhones also marks the official arrival of extensions for Safari. However, don’t look for ways to install them directly through the iPhone’s web browser. To take advantage of this, you must visit the App Store where Apple has integrated a dedicated section Safari extension.

Their activation must then be done through settings On iOS, from the menu Safari. in the title generalEnter the related section extension. This is where the content blockers already present in iOS 14 and Safari’s new extensions are now grouped.

Find all shared links

If you still use the Messages app kindly, to send SMS or iMessages, you probably sometimes find contacts sharing their cool links with you. Instead of scrolling through conversations to find these links or accessing their details, you can now access them directly in Safari. With iOS 15, Apple is introducing a “hub” that brings together all the links shared with you in Messages.

To access it, you need to open a new blank tab. All links received in the messages are then recorded in the category Shared with you. You can easily identify the contacts who sent them to you because each link displays the contact’s name and the conversation they came from.

On-the-fly and drag-and-drop translation

Finally, Apple has introduced several small features here and there to improve the ergonomics of its browser. This includes the integration of live text. Thanks to this function, you can start a translation on the fly, both in the text of web pages and the text displayed in images, and very easily use the text from images in other applications or launch actions on the fly. . For example, you can quickly initiate a call to a phone number displayed in an image

Another very handy little function is drag. While it can be used everywhere on iOS, it will be extremely useful in Safari, especially when it comes to quickly saving multiple photos to the iPhone Camera Roll.

To start a drag-and-drop, hold your finger down on an image, press for one second on the images below to add it to the selection of images to drag-and-drop. Once all of your photos are selected, you can close Safari and open Photos to reveal the selection and view the photos you’ve saved to your Camera Roll.

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