Yesterday we reached the sixth beta of the development of iOS 15, iPadOS 15, tvOS 15 and watchOS 8. Pending the beta of macOS 12, changes continue to happen to operating systems whose official arrival is scheduled for this fall month. . This time the changes focused on the Safari overhaul.

Safari redesign and options to choose from

The main novelty of this beta is the overhaul that Apple has made to Safari. This overhaul consists of several small changes. The first of them is that Apple now offers us, within the Settings application, to be able to return to the iOS 14 Safari design, that is to say with the address bar at the top.

In the Settings menu, moreover, whenever we choose to display the tab bar at the bottom, we can activate or deactivate its tint depending on the color of the page we are visiting.

At the same time, Apple has redesigned the bottom navigation bar, adding more buttons and options like accessing bookmarks or the playlist, for example. As can be seen in the image above, the only aesthetic difference between the two options is the position of the search bar and the URL. On a practical level, however, we have to keep in mind that gestures for opening new tabs or reverting to previous ones are only available when the navigation bar is at the bottom. From the Aa menu, from the navigation bar, we can move it up or down without having to go to Settings.

Access to bookmarks, playlist and history has also changed. With the tab bar at the bottom, pressing the book-shaped button shows us the information in the middle of the screen. If we decide to browse the list, it is displayed, when we complete a single down gesture hides it.

The sixth beta of iOS 15 proposes to use the new Safari design or the old iOS 14 design.

Which do you prefer?

– David Bernal Raspall (@ david_br8) August 18, 2021

It is clear that the Safari redesign encountered some friction in development. Personally, having used betas since their launch, I can say that the bottom tab bar strikes me as a success: very comfortable to switch between tabs or open new ones with a single tap. On the other hand, although I liked that most of the options were grouped behind the little three-dot button, which gave great consistency to the three Safaris (iPhone, iPad and Mac), I agree that the ease of access to options of this new version is very comfortable.

At the end of the day, it’s a question of customs. The browser is something very personal both in terms of habits and the time we spend using it. That’s why Apple has decided that we choose the option that suits us best, as easily as two keys on the same bar.