Apple has released its third developer betas for the upcoming iOS 15 and macOS Monterey, and they’re bringing some much-needed fixes to Safari – namely, rolling back some of the more controversial changes introduced in the earlier betas. For macOS this means a normal tab bar that goes back to the previous design, while iOS gets a more uniform design when it comes to the URL bar.
iOS 15 still sticks to its new tab view and relocated URL bar at the bottom of the display, but the latest beta has it permanently docked there instead of jumping to the top of the screen when you select it. Apple also added a new refresh option to the popover menu when you tap and hold the URL bar. Together, the changes help make the new design much more cohesive.
As expected, Apple is optimizing the design of Safari in iOS 15.
In Beta 3, the address bar is now docked above the keyboard. There’s also a new search UI and support for quick website searches. Getting better! pic.twitter.com/Tm562Djr0i
– Federico Viticci (@viticci) July 14, 2021
Switching to macOS is easier: Apple seems to have just returned Part of his Big Sur design for Safari’s URL bar and tabs, and foregoing the combo tab / URL bar setup introduced in the earlier betas. In the latest beta, there’s again a URL bar that’s at the top of every Safari menu, with a series of tabs below it.
Each of these tabs still takes up a decent amount of space – the entire Monterey design is the same in that regard – but it’s definitely an improvement over the original betas. That said, if you prefer the new design, this is still an option too. according to 9to5Mac.
Unchanged, at least for now, is the iPadOS version of Safari. Given that Apple is not expected to fully release its latest operating system updates until the fall, there is still plenty of time for additional changes to Safari on all Apple platforms.