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Apple released the sixth beta of iOS 15 just a week after the fifth beta, but the new update brings some of the most significant tweaks that we've seen to iOS 15 during the beta testing period.

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Safari Redesign

Apple in iOS 15 beta 6 has added a toggle to move the Safari address bar to the top of the interface, which returns Safari to an iOS 14-like design and mitigates all of the Safari changes introduced in earlier betas.

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Those who prefer the bottom bar can still opt to have that toggled on with the Tab Bar view, but Apple has also changed the look and the url bar at the bottom has been merged with a dedicated control panel that does away with trying to merge all page management options into a single address bar view.

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Safari design options let you swap between the Tab Bar at the bottom or the Single Tab at the top, plus there are toggles to disable website tinting and enable or disable a landscape tab bar. "Allow Website Tinting" appears to be the same as the prior "Show Color in Tab Bar" setting that was available in earlier betas.

You can swap between the two views in Safari using the "Aa" menu right in Safari without having to access the Safari app.

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Safari Bookmarks and History

When accessing Safari History, Bookmarks, and Reading List in iOS 15 with the bottom Tab Bar view toggled on, the interface comes up from the bottom and takes up less space on the screen. With Single Tab enabled, the interface looks the same as it did before.

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SharePlay Removed

SharePlay is no longer functional in the sixth beta of iOS 15, because Apple has temporarily removed it. When iOS 15, iPadOS 15, tvOS 15, and macOS Monterey launch, there will be no SharePlay feature available.

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Apple instead plans to reintroduce SharePlay in a later software update this fall after the iOS 15, iPadOS 15, tvOS 15, and macOS Monterey updates debut.

Watch Face Automation

The fifth beta of iOS 15 removed the Automation for automatically setting a watch face on the Apple Watch at a specific time, but in the sixth beta, the option is once again available in the Shortcuts app.

Other New Features

Know of something new in the beta that we left out? Let us know in the comments below.

Article Link: Everything New in iOS 15 Beta 6: SharePlay Disabled, Safari Redesigned and More
 
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There also seem to be more automation actions for the Apple Watch.
 
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Robert.Walter

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Really was hoping for progress on HME. Time for the 100 address limit to be dropped.

Also deeply hoping that SIA, HME are integrated into the Passwords sheet; these things are all so closely related but instead their balkanization makes them hard to use.
 
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While it's good that they are offering choices, but it's hard not to think this is a defeat for the new Safari design. I hope they put more effort into it though as I think it's overall better. Still some quirks, but much more comfortable to use.
People complain that iOS hasn’t changed, then when it does change they still complain, can’t please everyone I guess. 🤷‍♂️

Keep the changes coming. 👌
 

adammusic

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way better bottom tab experience now.
Bookmarks and history arent buried anymore.

now they need to fix the tab view.
I never know which tab is opened and which is the most recent one.
Its just a collection of all tabs.
Do it chronologically starting with current open tab on bottom and going up chronological

instead of putting the current tab right in the middle.
 

saudade

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Oh yes
way better bottom tab experience now.
Bookmarks and history arent buried anymore.

I c some dudes prefer bottom I don’t judge cause im open minded but, call me classic, i prefer top u know what i mean top is easier 2 navigate browser looks better
 
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Bawstun

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I’ve literally been saying (for years) that browsers should have a user interface with their URL bar at the bottom.

Because it makes sense. It is good design. While holding your device, your thumb can easily reach the bottom of the screen. You hold your device at the bottom, so that’s where our thumbs are. It has NEVER EVER made sense to keep the URL bar at the top, where you can’t hold your device and tap it at the same time or with one hand. It has never made sense.

Years and years of such backwards, stupid design. I’m actually grateful someone finally took note of how much more sense it makes to include it at the bottom. Hopefully this makes other browsers do the same, since I don’t use Safari because it lacks features and is crap compared to the competition.
 

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I’ve literally been saying (for years) that browsers should have a user interface with their URL bar at the bottom.

Because it makes sense. It is good design. While holding your device, your thumb can easily reach the bottom of the screen. You hold your device at the bottom, so that’s where our thumbs are. It has NEVER EVER made sense to keep the URL bar at the top, where you can’t hold your device and tap it at the same time or with one hand. It has never made sense.

Years and years of such backwards, stupid design. I’m actually grateful someone finally took note of how much more sense it makes to include it at the bottom. Hopefully this makes other browsers do the same, since I don’t use Safari because it lacks features and is crap compared to the competition.


Used to be able to do that with Opera back in the day.... that was a great browser for the time.
 

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How are people finding the Beta? Would you install it on your main device yet, is it particularly buggy? I'm keen to start using the new notifications features, but I don't want to make my phone very unstable in the meantime (I just switched from Android, so a bit of jank and bugginess is normal to me).
 
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How are people finding the Beta? Would you install it on your main device yet, is it particularly buggy? I'm keen to start using the new notifications features, but I don't want to make my phone very unstable in the meantime (I just switched from Android, so a bit of jank and bugginess is normal to me).
You can try and always roll back to iOS 14.7 what is a bit tricky. But if you are curious, why not?
Beta is different for everyone as far as I’ve read.
Not testing this year, just observing, because I didn’t find anything exciting for myself in this update.
 
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That's literally all they needed to do. Just move it to the bottom and make it swipeable. Problem solved.
While it's good that they are offering choices, but it's hard not to think this is a defeat for the new Safari design. I hope they put more effort into it though as I think it's overall better. Still some quirks, but much more comfortable to use.
This is good. Sometimes new isn't better. For instance, the new interface was so dense with tap targets, some very tiny, that it violated Apple own HIG for crying out loud. That should've been a red flag right there that killed this before it even got out of alpha internally. The fact that it made it this far has me a little concerned about Apple's design team, but at least it was ultimately killed off. Design is how it works and this made discoverability difficult, made it hard to tap things you want to tap and made it easy to tap things you didn't mean to tap. Sure it looked cool but that is all. They kept the two new features as I mentioned at the top: easy to reach and easy to swipe between tabs.
 
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