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Apr 12, 2001

Apple is continuing to refine the unpopular Safari design that it introduced in macOS Monterey, and the latest beta tweaks the position of the Favorites bar.


The design initially had Favorites located below the tab bar, a departure from the location in prior versions of macOS, including macOS Big Sur. With the tenth beta, Apple has relocated Favorites and put it back above the Tab bar where it was originally.

Apple has been changing the design of Safari throughout the beta testing process, but for many, the new look continues to be inferior to the previous Safari interface, especially when it comes to the tab bar design.

Apple has also released Safari 15 with the Monterey-style design to macOS Big Sur users, and the same Favorites change may be coming in an update set to be released in the near future.

macOS Monterey is likely nearing a release as we are expecting it to come out right around when new MacBook Pro models launch. Apple is holding an event on Monday, October 18 to introduce the new machines, so we may not have too long to wait until the update launches.

Update: As noted by Daring Fireball's John Gruber, iOS 15.1 beta 4 also includes the same Safari design tweak with the Favorites bar located above the tabs.

Article Link: More Safari Tweaks Added in Latest macOS Monterey Beta
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macrumors 68040
Jan 8, 2003
These changes make nothing better. the thinner fetish has now spread to the software interfaces with no care for usability and discoverability, just how the product marketing materials look.

just go back to previous interface and add tab groups. Done.


macrumors 6502a
Oct 28, 2017
Microsoft was already putting application buttons and text entry fields in title bars in Office for Windows. Now Apple has started doing the same thing in MacOS. Did anyone ever consider what happens when a window title bar becomes so crowded with buttons, text fields and tabs, there is no more space to drag and move the window? Do Microsoft and Apple now think that everyone should run only 1 application at a time, with each application covering the entire screen so nobody uses multiple windows anymore?
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macrumors G3
Nov 9, 2015
Silicon Valley, CA
Hopefully it’s getting better and better. It’s been too long of a wait now.
Must be real challenging to make all three Safari platforms work as well. (iOS, IPadOS, MacOS)
As a comparison Firefox has gone though multiple iterations of browser interface layout plus their own variations of enabling privacy measures. They are all doing this is my point across variety of devices.
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macrumors 65832
Jul 21, 2014
I'm just glad they've left space at the top next to the URL bar. With the new firefox, if you have a bunch of tabs open, it's hard to grab and move the window.
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