By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 4, 2015
Whenever you see a top jailbreak tweak list, it pretty much goes without saying that Kyle Howells’ SwipeSelection will be appearing on said list. SwipeSelection allows you to swipe on the keyboard to move the iOS cursor in a precise location. The tweak was so good that Apple basically took its functionality and baked it into iOS 9.
Praise aside, users and fans of SwipeSelection have always known that the tweak has one glaring flaw: its inability to play nice with text boxes in Safari. Try swiping in a search box with SwipeSelection installed, and you’ll see what I mean.
One developer (@pw5a29) has apparently had enough, and has modified the open source project and created his own Safari-compatible version of SwipeSelection. Does it work? Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 22, 2015
Like pinned tabs, tab muting isn’t a new idea, as it’s been implemented in other web browsers in the past. But OS X 10.11 brings native tab muting to the Safari browser for the very first time.
The ability to mute tabs at will brings more control to the user. It’s especially beneficial when encountering those annoying auto-playing advertisements.
In this video walkthrough, I’ll show you how to use Safari tab muting, and explain its ins and outs. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 22, 2015
Like Google Chrome and other browsers have been able to do for some time, Safari in OS X El Capitan will now allow you to pin tabs. But pinned tabs work a little differently in Safari for Apple’s in-development OS update than they do in other browsers. In this post, we’ll walkthrough the new tab pinning features, and show you what’s different about the way Apple goes about its implementation. Read More
By Cody Lee on May 6, 2015
Apple this afternoon released Safari updates for Yosemite (8.0.6), Mavericks (7.1.6), and Mountain Lion (6.2.6). The new versions include fixes for multiple memory corruption issues in WebKit, which Apple says could lead to arbitrary code execution or unexpected application termination when visiting a maliciously-crafted website. Read More
By Sébastien Page on May 6, 2015
There are people out there who like to see what’s under the hood of webpages they visit. Whatever your reasons might be for that, there is a few simple steps that allows you to see the HTML source code of a website in Safari for Mac. In this post, we’ll show you how to enable Develop mode in Safari in order to view the source code of a webpage. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Mar 27, 2015
Things could get ugly for Google as the Internet giant lost a UK appeal in the Safari cookie tracking case, potentially opening the door to litigation from the millions of British users, BBC News reported Friday.
The case revolves around Google’s practice to continue tracking users of Apple’s Safari browser via cookies even after they had changed their browser settings to block cookies, in order to target them with advertising. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 19, 2015
When you open a new tab in Safari, the default behavior is to showcase your favorites. You can then tap a favorite, or you can tap the address bar to manually insert a web address. TypeTab makes it so that the cursor is automatically inserted into the address bar and that the keyboard is exposed. Therefore, it’s quicker to begin typing a web address when opening a new tab. Read More
By Cody Lee on Mar 13, 2015
It appears Apple plans to fix a long-standing keyboard issue which caused users to inadvertently tap the period key when aiming for the space bar in Safari. As noted by MacRumors, beta versions of iOS 8.3 feature a design change that should resolve the problem.
In 8.3, Apple has made the space bar longer on the keyboard that pops up when inputting text in Safari’s omnibar, and the ‘Go’ button shorter. This should make it less likely for users to encounter accidental period key presses when typing out their web searches. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Feb 25, 2015
I like my browsers minimal. Safari for Mac admittedly boasts an aesthetically pleasing, clutter-free interface. But if there’s one thing I’ve always hated about Apple’s browsers, it’s that status bar at the bottom of the Safari window.
Though it conveniently lets you know where a URL will take you, once turned on it annoyingly just sits there whether you actually need it or not. I prefer Google’s approach better: Chrome’s status bar discreetly shows only when hovering over a URL.
Wouldn’t it be great if Safari had a similar only-on-hover status bar? That’s what Minimal Status Bar, a new browser extension by San Francisco-based developer Visnu Pitiyanuvath, does for you. Read More
By Jake Smith on Dec 29, 2014
Microsoft is tired of the old-nature feel of Internet Explorer, and is building a new browser for Windows 10 that will look and feel more like Chrome and Firefox, according to ZDNet. Read More
By Sébastien Page on Dec 18, 2014
Glimpse is a new app that lets you pin one or more favorite webpages to the Today tab of Notification Center, allowing to have a quick glance at your most visited websites, without having to launch Safari. The Notification Center extension is particularly handy to check news-focused websites where information is often time sensitive, and where a quick look is usually enough to get an idea of what is going on, without necessarily unlocking the device and opening up the full web browser. Read More
By Jake Smith on Dec 17, 2014
Apple seeded Safari 8.0.3 for Yosemite to developers on Wednesday, along with Safari 7.1.3 beta for Mavericks and Safari 6.2.3 for Mountain Lion. The new version of Safari joins the new OS X 10.10.2 beta that was released to developers last Friday. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Dec 11, 2014
After releasing then pulling a update for the desktop Safari browser on OS X last week, Apple on Thursday posted Safari 8.0.2 for Yosemite.
In addition to allowing Yosemite users to import username and passwords from Mozilla’s Firefox browser, Safari 8.0.2 fixes a few annoying issues, among them history not syncing across devices if iCloud Drive is disabled and another one prevent a saved password from being autofilled after two devices are added to iCloud Keychain.
The update is available through the Mac App Store’s Updates tab. A standalone installer should be available shortly from the Apple Support website. Safari 7.1.2 for OS X Mavericks and Safari 6.2.2 for OS X Mountain Lion were also released on Thursday. Read More
By Jake Smith on Dec 2, 2014
Mozilla has long stayed away from bringing its Firefox web browser to iOS, however it’s looking to change its plans to “be where our users are”.
The company’s release manager, Lukas Bakk, took to Twitter on Tuesday announcing the company will develop Firefox for iOS. He didn’t provide word on when it may be released, or if it’s even in development yet, but it’s definitely comforting words for the Firefox fans out there – which includes our own Sebastien Page. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 19, 2014
A month ago, Google launched a new iPhone app called Inbox, a different take on email which uses Sparrow-like gestures to help you achieve Inbox Zero nirvana and surface the most relevant items that tend to get lost in an avalanche of unwanted emails users get bombarded with.
Available on iOS, Android and Chrome, Inbox leaves fans of Apple’s Safari browser in the dark. It’s fortunate that there’s a quick workaround to that, let me show you how.
Inbox is available free in the App Store. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 10, 2014
Have you ever “accidentally” visited a site on your iPhone only to immediately delete your entire history because you originally didn’t want to leave traces of your activity?
That’s exactly what has happened to me the other day and boy did I regret wiping my whole Safari history clean just because of one stupid page.
I assumed that iOS 8, like iOS 7, doesn’t allow for removing individual pages from browsing history.
Having done my research since, now I know better. Yes, it is in fact possible to remove a page, any previously visited page, from your browsing history in Safari on both iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. It couldn’t be simpler, let me show you how. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 10, 2014
For a large screen device like the iPhone 6 Plus or even the iPhone 6, it takes some serious thought when designing apps. That’s because it’s much more difficult to reach certain part of the screen using one hand, so developers have to design their apps with one-handed users in mind.
But where such thought may be lacking, a jailbreak tweak can go a long way towards enhancing the usability of certain apps. That’s definitely the case with this latest tweak called SafariRefresh. It adds a simple pull-to-refresh mechanism to Apple’s stock web browsing app, and the result is a much more usable refresh function on large screen devices. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 10, 2014
A new jailbreak tweak has arrived to let you disable the frequently visited sites section in Safari for iOS 8. It’s appropriately called Disable Frequently Visited Sites, and it works immediately upon install. If you’ve found Safari’s frequently visited sites section to be a little arbitrary and/or intrusive, you should definitely check this tweak out. Full details inside. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 21, 2014
Safari has undergone some big changes in OS X Yosemite, but none are perhaps as controversial as the way that website addresses are displayed in the Search bar. By default, only the domain name and TLD (e.g. idownloadblog.com) of the website address is shown. The remaining portion of the address is hidden in an effort to, as best I can guess, promote a clean looking Search bar like that of Safari on iOS.
If cleanliness and closer look to the iOS version of Safari was indeed the motivation behind the change, then there’s no doubt that Safari’s engineers succeeded in their goal. I personally think that the Search bar looks better by hiding the full website address.
But there’s no denying that you are giving up something by hiding the full address, and I can definitely understand why people would be upset at this. The full address can still be viewed, but it requires that you click in the Search bar to do so. That extra click is too much for many people out there, and again, I understand.
With that in mind, Safari’s engineers have made it possible to get the full website address back into the Search bar at all times in just a simple few steps. Check inside to see how. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 29, 2014
Safari on iOS 8 has been found to support animated PNG images (APNG), a standard conceived as a replacement for animated GIF, as discovered by MacRumors on Monday.
The Animated Portable Network Graphics file format was proposed in 2004, but failed to take off as a replacement for the animated GIF file format widely used to embed short animations online.
Unlike animated GIFs, APNG files support 24-bit images and 8-bit transparency not available for GIFs. Read More