The third developer beta for iOS 15, iPadOS 15 and macOS Monterey began rolling out today, and the key to the changes they provide is a set of updates to Apple’s browser. Safari gets some design updates, including easier access to reloading, sharing, and tab groups in macOS Monterey, as well as improved navigation features in iOS 15.
One of the changes in the macOS Monterey beta that we did not like was the removal of the tab bar. Senior editor Devindra Hardawar pointed out that while the new menu instead allowed Apple to use more screen space for website content, it made sorting through your tabs messy and tedious. With today’s beta release, however, Apple has picked up the standalone Tab line, which will be enabled by default, as it was on Big Sur.
In addition, you also get one-click access to controls, including Load and Sharing, as well as access to new features such as tab groups from the toolbar. If you liked the thin menu that gave you more room to browse, you can still adopt it, and Apple refined this to make it easier to see page titles as you gather more tabs.
These changes will also come to iPadOS in a future beta update, which is nice since Deputy Editor Nathan Ingraham also criticized the removal of the tab bar in the preview.
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If you have not already done so, you can sign up for Apple’s beta program to check out these previews yourself. But be warned, you need to be sure that you will run the risk of running potentially unstable software. If you can not wait a little longer for the stable release, you need to back up your data before installing the updates. You can find out how to do it here.
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