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Underneath its fresh coat of paint, Safari in iOS 7 includes a number of new features that make it a richer mobile browsing experience, including a mandated fullscreen mode in both portrait and landscape views, and a new unified smart search box.

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Safari in the first iOS 7 beta still has the same general look and feel of its predecessor, with an address bar at the top of the screen and menu bar at the bottom. Also included are the typical back, forward, share, bookmarks, and tab buttons.

But once users scroll down on a page, those menus immediately disappear, allowing them to focus on the content.

To return the menu bar and full-size address bar to the screen, users simply scroll upward on a webpage. The controls also automatically appear when a user scrolls completely to the top or bottom of a page.

Previously, in iOS 6, the fullscreen browser mode was only available when using Safari in landscape orientation. In the first iOS 7 beta, not only is it available in portrait mode, it also doesn't need to be turned on ??fullscreen browsing is now the only way to use Safari, with no current option to disable it.

Safari


At the top of the screen is the new unified smart search box. Once users begin typing, a number of options appear, including "Top Hits," "Suggested Sites," "Google Search," "Bookmarks and History," and an "On This Page" search.

In settings, the Smart Search Field can also be edited to disable "Search Suggestions," as well as a "Preload Top Hit" option.

Another new Settings option is "AutoFill," which ties in with Apple's new cross-platform iCloud Keychain. Here, Safari can be set up to remember personal information, names and passwords, and even credit cards.

iCloud Keychain can also be used with Safari to generate a unique, secure password. And data stored on iCloud is saved with 256-bit AES encryption.

Safari


Users are prompted to store specific data on a site-by-site basis, and iCloud Keychain support will also come to OS X Mavericks when it debuts this fall.

The new tab view in Safari in iOS 7 is reminiscent of Apple's Cover Flow user element. Currently open websites are presented in a scrollable 3D manner, and users can easily select a tab, or swipe it off-screen to close it. Scrolling to the bottom of the tabs presents iCloud Tabs that may be open Safari browsers on other devices.

Both the tab and bookmarks menus also include quick links to the "Private" browsing mode in the bottom left corner. Once this is selected, Safari will ask if users wish to close all of their existing pages. When Private mode is enabled, the menu bars turn dark to remind the user.

Also new to Safari in iOS 7 is a "Shared Links" option in the bookmarks menu. Here, users can view all of the URLs posted by people they follow in their Twitter timeline, further tightening iOS integration with the social networking service.

The new mobile Safari will debut this fall when iOS 7 becomes available to the public. For more on Apple's upcoming mobile operating system update, see the other parts of AppleInsider's ongoing Inside iOS 7 series.
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I am having a hard time adjusting to the add new tab being in the bottom middle of the screen.
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I am having a hard time adjusting to the add new tab being in the bottom middle of the screen.

Wow I didn't notice that ... I will have to reboot M. I've been loving the tabs in Finder so much I didn't even notice Safari had changed this.
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I am having a hard time adjusting to the add new tab being in the bottom middle of the screen.

When I saw the + sign I thought it for adding bookmark like in OSX.

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Fullscreen certainly is one way to make the screen bigger.

iCloud Keychain sounds a really nice addition and with the vast amount of information Apple has on me I think I won't mind. At least they don't sell it.

URL's shared through Twitter seems handy, though I don't use it.
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post #6 of 31
What does the private mode do exactly?
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Originally Posted by PhilBoogie View Post

Fullscreen certainly is one way to make the screen bigger.
 

It is not to make users to feel the screen is bigger.  But in Intro iOS7 video, Jony mentioned that - it gives the feeling of "Immerse in the content".

But, what you said also partially correct. In fact, it gives the feeling of a little more screen size.

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Chandra, did you have a point?
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It is not to make users to feel the screen is bigger.  But in Intro iOS7 video, Jony mentioned that - it gives the feeling of "Immerse in the content".
But, what you said also partially correct. In fact, it gives the feeling of a little more screen size.

Regardless of the intention, the new full screen browsing looks fabulous. It's light years ahead of the current full screen browsing.

I wonder if the layout is going to be the same for the iPad. Currently it looks more like OSX with the buttons and tabs at the top. Full screen browsing would look great on the iPad.
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Wow I didn't notice that ... I will have to reboot M. I've been loving the tabs in Finder so much I didn't even notice Safari had changed this.

I was talking about iOS, not Mavericks. The add tab hasn't changed in desktop Safari.
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You forgot to mention that it also gains one of the ugliest and most bizarrely designed icons in the history of icon design.  1smile.gif

 

It looks more like a radiation meter than a compass, and if it looked more like a compass, then it would be confusing with the ... compass.  

IMO they should really just start from scratch and drop the whole compass thing altogether.  

It's had a long run. Let's see something fresh and new.

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When I saw the + sign I thought it for adding bookmark like in OSX.

 

I find that the way they have put the "add bookmark" into the share button in OS X Safari to be quite annoying.  

It only barely makes any kind of conceptual sense to say that one is "sharing" when one creates a bookmark for ones own self, and after almost a year I still can't get used to it. 

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You forgot to mention that it also gains one of the ugliest and most bizarrely designed icons in the history of icon design.  1smile.gif

It looks more like a radiation meter than a compass, and if it looked more like a compass, then it would be confusing with the ... compass.  
IMO they should really just start from scratch and drop the whole compass thing altogether.  
It's had a long run. Let's see something fresh and new.

Maybe they were actually going for radiation meter 1wink.gif
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I find that the way they have put the "add bookmark" into the share button in OS X Safari to be quite annoying.  
It only barely makes any kind of conceptual sense to say that one is "sharing" when one creates a bookmark for ones own self, and after almost a year I still can't get used to it. 

On the contrary, I find it confusing when apps (like Dropbox for iOS) have different buttons for "share" and "open in"/"print". The icons differ only by their orientation, and one can't remember which is which. I think the "share" icon needs to be re conceived with a broader meaning and all functions that don't merit their own icons should fall under share.
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I find that the way they have put the "add bookmark" into the share button in OS X Safari to be quite annoying.  
It only barely makes any kind of conceptual sense to say that one is "sharing" when one creates a bookmark for ones own self, and after almost a year I still can't get used to it. 

So can't I. The first thing I do is add the old "+" icon back. Now life is much easier but look like in Mavericks I don't have to do this no more.

About Safari icon somebody said above I agree it's the ugliest icon. Off topic I also think the new compass app is one of the best. It's new but it's Apple-like. It wows.
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I still really like the way Atomic Web uses full screen browsing. I can choose to have my prefered controls to stay at the bottom and load full screen as soon as the website is finished loading. Also the choice of treating websites like a desktop client is the best for me. I wish safari would give the option for regular tabs on the iphone like Atomic or Safari on the ipad. I have not played with the version in ios7 yet so I can't wait to try it out and see how it all works. Tabs in the current version of ios6 are not that great imo.
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I agree with the comment about the Safari icon; can Apple please try something new for that? It is just ugly.
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What does the private mode do exactly?

I've heard its handy for porn...apparently 1biggrin.gif
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For the record, you do not have to return to the top of the page to see the controls. Tapping on the top of the screen will first show the controls before returning to the top of the page as usual.

 

This is a little hidden. Users might be frustrated by not knowing how to get controls back. Once you learn this behavior, it seems fine. The quick scroll to the top action was always hidden, but maybe a little less important since there is an obvious alternative (scrolling manually).

 

I'm leaning towards "this is an okay sacrifice in discoverability", but not sure. I have mixed feelings about the unseen access to notification center and control center too.

 

I don't mind the icon, for the record.

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I agree with the comment about the Safari icon; can Apple please try something new for that? It is just ugly.
You are looking at it the wrong way. 1smile.gif
We don't have to stare at the icon whole the time as we will be using the actual app instead of staring at the icon.

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post #20 of 31

I personally like the icon

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Odd that some have such strong feelings about the new Safari icon. It is consistent with the overall aesthetic of the simplification of previously more realistic symbols. It still has the prime elements of a compass, but appears more like the tiny dime store kind, or the little one in a Swiss Army knife. A compass continues to seem like a perfectly logical symbol for navigating the web I think.

If anyone is disturbed by symbols, it should be the archaic handset for the phone. I can't remember the last time I handled one of those for a call. How about a new symbol for that fundamental function that reflects current experience?
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post #22 of 31

I feel like I'm gonna cut myself everytime I tap that safari icon. The features are just too damn sharp. I also don't see why they had to add 67,920 notches inside. It makes you want to squint to properly see them. At the end of the day, it's just not an appealing icon to look at. 

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Ugly icon
Sorry apple
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I believe there is a misunderstanding regarding the meaning of "fullscreen"... the way I see it, iOS 7 no longer has fullscreen support in Safari at all.  Specifically, the receding search bar remains visible when fully receded in either portrait or landscape; it does not completely disappear, and therefore does not represent a fullscreen content view.

 

While I appreciate the changes in Safari's UI, it is a lie to state that it has fullscreen in any respect.

post #25 of 31
Safari and its UI elements are growing on me, have to admit. The omnibar could be a little larger, though. It's a harder target than before.
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While I appreciate the changes in Safari's UI, it is a lie to state that it has fullscreen in any respect.

I agree.  Apple has taken away full screen Safari in iOS 7. The functionality is improved but there remains an almost Dock sized portion at the top of the Safari browser.  Hopefully the developers using the beta are giving some feedback to Apple to get that changed before iOS 7 is GM.

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I feel like I'm gonna cut myself everytime I tap that safari icon. The features are just too damn sharp. I also don't see why they had to add 67,920 notches inside. It makes you want to squint to properly see them. At the end of the day, it's just not an appealing icon to look at. 

 

Agreed.  At least one iOS development book uses a compass as an example of how to create images using the basic shapes and shadings available.  That's exactly what this icon looks like: a garish graphical "hello World!" demo.  "Create a circle with a really unsubtle color gradiant.  Overlay a brightly covered diamond shape... Ta da!  You've created your first icon!  Congratuations!  In Chapter 3 we'll discuss how to make it look like it's floating with some shadow effects."

post #28 of 31
It seems that the icons are an homage of some kind to geometry. Deliberately so.
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I think the Safari icon would be significantly better if they inverted the Blue and White elements with each other... and then linked the compass needle to the accelerometer.

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Originally Posted by brutus009 View Post

I believe there is a misunderstanding regarding the meaning of "fullscreen"... the way I see it, iOS 7 no longer has fullscreen support in Safari at all.  Specifically, the receding search bar remains visible when fully receded in either portrait or landscape; it does not completely disappear, and therefore does not represent a fullscreen content view.

 

While I appreciate the changes in Safari's UI, it is a lie to state that it has fullscreen in any respect.

 

This. I really liked the fact that Apple had added the true fullscreen option to landscape Safari a year or so ago.  Now it's gone.  Very irritating.  I'll say that of Apple's products in general - they can't even leave anything alone.

post #31 of 31
Now that it's released, where's the Find on Page option? I don't see it on my iPad, doesn't come up when tapping the address bar, press and hold, nowhere, doesn't give it to me. Obviously I'm missing something here...
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