With the grand unveiling of the newest version of Safari for iOS and iPadOS, Apple welcomed a few big changes to the experience. The biggest, along with tab groups in general, is that the address bar has been moved to the bottom of the iPhone. However, Apple has been listening to the masses –especially those who have been adamant that the upcoming changes aren’t great– and keeps tweaking that experience ahead of the public launch later this year. And today is no different.
Apple seeded the sixth betas of iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 to developers earlier today. Along with removing the SharePlay feature from the mix, Apple also made yet another change to the mobile Safari experience. With the latest tweaks, Apple is making it so that the bottom address bar now appears below web page content. But wait, that’s not all. The newest version of mobile Safari for iOS 15 also includes a brand new toggle that will let users quickly switch the address bar to the top of the screen (back where some people believe it belongs).
Reverting the address bar to the top of the screen will give it a far more iOS 14-like experience. This essentially removes many of the changes Apple introduced with iOS 15. However, some people will welcome this new tweak to Safari. You can see the new (reverted) version of the address bar just below.
What’s more, if users keep the bottom bar switched on, there is a new dedicated bar now. This makes it easy to select options on the fly. This toggle is similar to what Apple tweaked with iPadOS 15 and macOS 12 Monterey. So while the Safari changes are still happening, it looks like Apple is still aiming for a universal approach to the experiences across platforms.
You can check out a video of the major changes coming to Safari in iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS 12 Monterey:
What do you think of the changes in Safari? Happy to see them? Or will you be reverting to a more iOS 14-like experience?