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Apr 12, 2001

For its new mobile and desktop OSes, Apple is redesigning the Safari browser user interface to be more compact and allow for better organization of multiple open tabs, specifically with a new feature called Tab Groups.


Tab Groups aim to offer a new way to easily save and manage related tabs, such as those used when planning trips or shopping, or groups can be used to store the tabs you visit daily.

In addition, a new tab design on macOS puts your active tabs front and center, allowing you to see more of the page as you scroll. At the same time, the new tab bar takes on the color of the webpage and combines tabs, the tool bar, and the search field into a single compact appearance.

On iPad, the new tabs design and tab groups work just like on Mac, with instant syncing across devices. On iPhone, the new tab bar appears at the bottom under your thumb with a tap, and it's possible to swipe between them, or swipe up into a grid view.

Meanwhile new extensions for iPhone and iPad also add to the native functionality of Apple's web browser, with shared code with existing Safari Web Extensions to make it easier for developers to create new ones.

Article Link: Safari Browser to Get UI Overhaul and New Features Including Tab Groups
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macrumors 603
Dec 11, 2007
Bookmarks button better still be easy to access. Also I hope this means Dark Reader for mobile Safari! ?
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macrumors 68000
Sep 20, 2014
But still no smart gesture support while surfing with Apple Pencil. Pathetic.


macrumors regular
Jul 2, 2006
Hopefully they allow opting out of the color bar & tabs, and leave the bookmarks bar alive. Never been a fan of the transparency and other fluff that changes based on the page or photo that you are scrolling over, app that is behind it, …
Smart tabs sounds great.
Can’t wait for extensions I use in other browsers to also become Safari compatible.


macrumors 6502a
Nov 18, 2019
I'm a little confused about whether or not the tabs in Tab Groups are loaded during the session you created them. Like, are they akin to separate Safari windows, where everything's loaded and I can switch between windows with loaded tabs? Or are they more like bookmark folders, where the tabs only load after I enter them? I'm hoping its the first, but the second is pretty nice too.

EDIT: Another example is to compare them to stacked tabs in Vivaldi vs bookmarks.
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Aug 24, 2013
So Firef...uh, Safari looks a little bit better and worse at the same time with the website color matching. On iOS the design is straight up bad.
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