How can I disable tabs in Safari?

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by redscull, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. redscull macrumors 6502a

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    Just when I was thinking I liked iOS 5, I open Safari on my iPad and see tabs. What a waste of space! And ugly. The old system was infinitely superior and more appealing. Is there any way to disable this new tab system and go back to the page-like system? This is almost worth reverting to iOS 4.
     
  2. KHC831 macrumors member

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    go back to iOS 4
     
  3. Orlandu macrumors 6502

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    More like go back to 2001. Tabbed browsing is the future.
     
  4. redscull thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Hmm, I'l going to give iOS 5 some more time to see if the other features make it worth keeping.

    Every time I look at Safari now, I feel like I'm looking at a noob user's IE who's got all those extra spammy toolbars installed taking up a quarter of his screen. A pro has a clean browser. iOS 5 made me a noob. :mad:

    I know there was a long-standing bug (feature?) that Apple's highly-touted Javascript acceleration only worked inside Safari itself, not web apps or native apps using the Safari component. This ensured that Safari was always superior to third-party browser apps. Is this bug still around? Or can third-party browsers perform just as well as Safari now? I never had a reason to consider them before, but now there's a market for a better iOS browser.

    Thanks, I'm from the future actually. Tabbed browsing doesn't literally mean the tab bar UI component. It's just a concept of having multiple pages open simultaneously in an easy to navigate manner. And Safari always had that. The page-like representation was a superior UI design; easier to use; allowed more screen real-estate; allowed a nice overview of open tabs. But thanks for knowing what you're talking about and lacking all aethestic and effciency appreciation.
     
  5. meechy macrumors 6502

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    Quit complaining. If you dont like the new features then go back to iOS 4.
     
  6. apple1865 macrumors newbie

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    The tabs take up very mininal space and how in the world are pages superior when it takes 2 clicks to switch as opposed to 1?
     
  7. asleep macrumors 68040

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    Apple needs to expand the touch space at the top of Safari that zips the page back to the top when touched.

    Tabbed Safari makes that space so skinny I'm getting the address or Google box instead of jumping to top of page.

    Other than that, I like it.
     
  8. kirchnrd macrumors 6502

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    The tabs are bigger than they need to be. Perfect world would be ability to turn on or off. Oh well, something to look forward to in one of the over the air updates :)
     
  9. blackjackmark macrumors 6502

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    I was looking forward to this feature...but I don't have it? I'm on a 3GS if that matters. I still have the overlapped pages icon that when I touch it I can scroll left and right to the opened pages.

    (and yes, I upgraded to 5.0! :rolleyes:)
     
  10. Arien157 macrumors member

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    And yet apple didn't add it on the iPhone. smh.
     
  11. redscull thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That's the sole advantage, but i give up 30 pixels of real estate, it looks downright tacky, it's now inconsistent with other iOS devices, and I have to rely on overly long and poorly titled web page names rather than an instantly recognizable snapshot to identity the content in the tabs. And seeing 9 snapshots at once is far easier to mentally process and choose from than reading 9 text labels (human brains are wired for imagery - look it up). The tab bar doesn't even hide when I have a single tab open; totally amateur.

    Apple took mobile surfing to the next phase of sleekness and usability with the paged approach to tabbed browsing; this change is a step backwards.
     
  12. yanki01 macrumors 68040

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    I believe it's iPad only.
     
  13. Arien157 macrumors member

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    Yeah complete bull ****.
     
  14. Drag'nGT macrumors 68000

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    ??? The old system was ridiculous! Every person I've ever let play on my iPad asked where the tabs were for other pages. Tabs are the norm. Tabs are simple. I wish they were on the iPhone.
     
  15. omyard macrumors regular

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    It is. I'm glad I found out a while ago otherwise I would've been raging today.

    I'll keep Mercury on the iPhone, but probably switch back to Safari on the iPad.
     
  16. ilovemyibook macrumors regular

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_0 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9A334 Safari/7534.48.3)

    Yeah, because tabbed browsing would be great on a small screen? You really don't think things through.
     
  17. Albright macrumors regular

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    I agree with redscull - I'm a big fan of tabbed browsing, but showing literal "tabs" is a waste of vertical space. I'm a big fan of the OmniWeb browser on my Mac because it uses a vertical tab bar along the edge of the window, with little icons of each page. (Opera can do the same thing, and while it's great on Windows, it's still kind of a mess on the Mac.) It's annoying whenever I have to use anther browser which insists on showing a horizontal tab bar - and now Safari is doing that? Damn damn damn damn damn. I suppose it's more user friendly for n00bs, but I wish they would have given us the option to continue using the older method for managing tabs if we prefer it, which I certainly did (though having the ability to have more than nine tabs open would have been a nice addition as well).

    Oh well. Maybe it's time to investigate some alternative browsers. Though it seemed to me that most such browser prominently advertised an always-visible horizontal tab bar as a selling point… Damn.
     
  18. yanki01 macrumors 68040

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    :rolleyes:
    tab browsing on my iPhone would be the last thing I would want. Thankfuly it's for iPad only.
     
  19. Kaibelf macrumors 68000

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    Oh come on - you know that they HAVE to complain about SOMETHING, no matter how incredibly ridiculous.
     
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    Yea I hate the tabs too!! I never use them on my Mac. I can't use them on my iPhone yet I'm forced to use them on my iPad. Regardless of your personal preference, you should have the option of remaining consistent across your iOS devices!!
     
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    Just switched to Ios 5 and agree about the tabs

    I hate them. Wish there was an option for page viewing. #%$^#%^$^%:mad:


    So I guess there are less choice in the "future" :rolleyes:
     

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