It’s incredible how much Safari has evolved since the inception of iOS, known back then as iPhone OS. We’re 10 major releases in and what was once a basic mobile browser is complete with handy shortcuts, superior tab management, and added speed and security.
Unfortunately for Apple, when it launched the new MacBook Pro models, many units suffered from less-than-stellar battery life.
I don’t know about you, but I find myself opening a new tab in Safari at least a dozen times a day. Instead of going through Spotlight search, I directly jump to Safari when I know what it is I’m looking for – checking latest stories on iPhone Hacks, opening a TV show page in Wikipedia, or just googling something.
Both Safari and Chrome have this feature where if you go to a relatively popular news site like New York Times, you’ll get a popup asking if you want to enable push notifications for the site. If you allow them, you’ll get notifications for articles published on the site. Great. Well, the notifications from popular websites about new you might not care about is bad enough. But you can just say “Deny” and move on. These popovers though, persist.
Apple made it a mandate that browsers available in the iOS App Store must utilize the company’s open source WebKit, which has ruffled development company Nexendi’s feathers.
The newly (re)christened macOS Sierra, gained a cool new feature from iOS 9 – Picture in Picture mode. Yes, it’s exactly the same thing you went head over heels for in your new flat screen TV, a decade back. But here, it’s actually pretty nice to use. Using Picture in Picture mode, you watch a video in a floating window on your desktop. It stays on top of everything that you’re doing and is resizable.
iOS 10 finally removed the limit on how many tabs you can have open in Safari. Now you can open unlimited tabs. But with unlimited tabs comes unlimited clutter. And if you’re like me, you don’t clear your tabs ever, until it’s too late. And then you need to swipe 89 times. Thankfully there’s a better way. It’s a bit hidden, but it’s there.
Safari in macOS Sierra will Automatically Deactivate Flash, QuickTime, and Other Plug-Ins by Default
Safari, along with other apps tied to macOS Sierra, is going to get an update later this year to, to Safari 10, and with it plug-ins are seeing some drastic changes.