Apple updated Safari design in the latest beta of iOS 15 (developer beta 6), making the address bar look and act more like what users are used to and give you the option to place it on the top or bottom of the screen. Safari’s redesign, especially on iPhones, has been controversial since it was first announced, but it looks like Apple is starting to reverse the floating design that has persisted throughout the beta.
MacStories Founder and podcaster Federico Viticci posted screenshots of the new design on Twitter, showing the changes. If the user chooses to have the address bar at the bottom, it sits above a row of commands, including the Back and Forward buttons, a share button, and the tab button. (In previous versions of the beta, these buttons were one with the address bar.) If the user chooses the option to have the address bar on top, Safari will look like what it was in iOS 14.
We did it everyone:
Safari in iOS 15 Beta 6 has a new address bar at the bottom that is located below the page content. A toolbar with buttons is back.
And we can put the address bar back on top pic.twitter.com/dbCvauXoDy
– Federico Viticci (@viticci) August 17, 2021
Apple has been tweaking and tweaking Safari’s new design since its debut in the first beta. Updates have been relatively small – buttons have been added to the address bar (making it a minefield of touch targets), and Apple makes it easy to access the address bar when entering a URL or search term. However, the incremental updates haven’t appeased those calling for a return to a more traditional design, which doesn’t include a floating element that hovers above the content of a webpage.
The option to change the location of the address bar should appeal to those who thought its new place at the bottom was good (regardless of how its actual design was executed), as well as those who prefer it. ‘have upstairs. This can make things difficult for web designers, who will have to deal with the possibility of something bumping into the top or bottom of their webpage, but it is an attractive option for users.
According to Viticci, the iPad version of Safari hasn’t changed with this update, although Apple has introduced an option that more or less lets you go back to a traditional design in Beta 4.