Reason for Unlimited Tabs

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Haxley, Jun 18, 2016.

  1. Haxley macrumors regular

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    I was sitting here thinking what the point of unlimited tabs is then realized I had about 20 tabs open from the past week. It was quite interesting to see, and the Safari UI makes it ridiculously easy to build up tabs without noticing (only on the iPhone, not on the Mac Safari UI imo). Combine vertical Facebook-like Timeline with Gmail-esque "never delete an email" mentality; now you never have to delete a tab again and can browse through them in a familiar chroniclogical order. I'm seriously going to try this out and see how it goes.
     
  2. Shirasaki macrumors 603

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    I have a strong desire to close unused tabs in safari, as too many of them makes me feel uncomfortable.
    I Welcome to this change but i may take forever to hit that previous 20 wall on normal browsing.
     
  3. Mr.Pooya macrumors member

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    The process will shut down in the background after a short time but be careful that a website can steal your data if open ! Like recording your voice if it has access.
     
  4. Skika macrumors 68030

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    Sorry but this sounds stupid, you should manage your tabs if you don't need them, i doubt the idea behind this was that you should have a billion tabs.

    PS: have fun with icloud tabs
     
  5. bufffilm macrumors 68040

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    No real harm with having more tabs open aside from more swapping ...I routinely have more than 50 open. My max was nearly 90.
     
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  7. bufffilm macrumors 68040

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    I leave them open so I can read them later. Freeing RAM is a useless endeavor.

    / shrug/
     
  8. Channan macrumors 68030

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    Once Apple switched to the tabbed UI, I didn't even know there was a limit. I never have anywhere near 20 tabs open at a time.
     
  9. Shirasaki macrumors 603

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    Plus you need to carefully scroll between them in order to jump, which is surely another PITA in long run.
     
  10. Haxley thread starter macrumors regular

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    Now that I've been trying this out for ~20 day, I just wanted to give an update on what I've learned. Bottom line: I mostly love it. Sure I'm biased because I set out with high hopes for this experiment, but let me explain.

    As of this writing, I have 279 tabs open. I have not been strict about not deleting tabs. If I want to type something into an address bar, I will just do it, without worrying about creating a new tab to save the previous one.

    There is very minimal lag, if any, when scrolling vertically though the tabs. The number of tabs open does not seem to effect the performance. To me, it seems that 20 tabs open has just as much of a chance of lagging as 279.

    The essential reason of why I mostly love it, is because it provides an easier way to look through your history, than actually going to your history. Scrolling vertically through the tabs gives you visual feedback of what the site actually looked like, which tips your brain more easily than a plane-text history log.

    Now I did say "mostly" love it. The only real problem is my habit of closing tabs, and getting in the habit of opening new tabs. I still find myself instinctively swiping tabs closed, but it really doesn't bother me when I do this. I also think it's fair to say that I open more tabs than I normally would if I weren't actively trying to retain them. I think this leads to slightly more interactions overall when compared to using it the normal way. That said, with the normal way, you are still opening new tabs, swiping to delete tabs, etc, so I'm not to sure the time spent doing two taps to open another tab more frequently, is significantly more time than with normal usage.

    Anyway, thanks for reading
     
  11. Newtons Apple macrumors P6

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    There is no reason for me to have over a few tabs open. I am like others and close them when not using. I am glad for those who "need" unlimited as they will stop whining!
     
  12. Haxley thread starter macrumors regular

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    But why do you need to have only a few tabs open? Why do you need to delete tabs? ;)
     
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    Newtons Apple macrumors P6

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    Becasue I was raised in a different time and am not a "snow flake"!:p

    Like I said I am glad they gave this to the whiners.;)
     
  14. timeconsumer macrumors 65816

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    I don't understand the point of unlimited tabs... so you have things saved in tabs so you can "read" them later. Well after X amount of new tabs wouldn't it still have to reload that tab you wanted to read later? So at that point, wouldn't a bookmark be sufficient enough?
     
  15. Shirasaki macrumors 603

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    The visual cue of this approach is the main reason OP chooses not to close tabs even after he has read them. This is a bit like time machine recovery interface. I can understand it.
     
  16. Shirasaki macrumors 603

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    Because opening too many tabs in safari would make finding certain tabs harder, and scrolls more than before. Plus not all webpages allow user storing a local copy and forget about it.
    Well, others may have more experience than me so I would better not proceeding even further.
     
  17. itsray macrumors 6502

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    i find anymore than 6 too cluttered. but thats just me.
     
  18. Haxley thread starter macrumors regular

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    I've finally, naturally, hit the limit of open tabs in Safari on iOS 10 Public Beta 2, which is 500 tabs. Not unlimited as claimed, at least not yet.
     
  19. Shirasaki macrumors 603

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    Same mindset as "unlimited" data. They just expect you will never open 500 tabs in total.
    If they set the "limit" to, say, 10k tabs, I think this "limit" is enough to suffice.
     
  20. Armen macrumors 604

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    I close tabs all the time. can't stand having tabs open.
     
  21. lordofthereef macrumors G4

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    I don't know that I will ever have hundreds, but I do routinely keep tabs open on pages that I want to check out later. Make it really easy to open them in a browser and a nice reminder of "hey, you wanted to look more into this", without having to actually set a reminder.

    500 may as well be unlimited for me.
     
  22. Channan macrumors 68030

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    Um, what??? You naturally hit a 500 tab limit? How do you even find the tab you're looking for when you want to go back to an old tab?

    You need help. o_O
     
  23. Haxley thread starter macrumors regular

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    Naturally, meaning not by tapping + add tab over and over to hit 500 tabs in 2 minutes (artificially). Apparently the people who've done this haven't tapped + 500 times and just assumed it was unlimited. As you can see from the start date of this thread, it took a little more than a month for my normal usage, not caring about deleting tabs, to amount to 500 tabs.

    How do I find the tab I'm looking for? Thankfully they show a snapshot of each site in chronological order like your Facebook Timeline. It would be a nightmare if I didn't know where my Facebook posts were o_O
     
  24. Channan macrumors 68030

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    Yeah I knew what you meant by naturally. That's why I was so shocked. You didn't intentionally open 500 tabs. You did it with your regular use.
     
  25. Haxley thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah, lol, now I see where you're coming from. That also means I naturally delete ~500 tabs in 1.25 months tho. Looks like I'm going back to that anyway 'cause I'm at the limit. I feel like like need a ceremonial 'hold + sign -> delete all tabs' adult beverage.
     

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