iPhone Safari "Open in Background" bug?

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Just wondering whether anyone else can replicate this:
  1. In Safari, go to a page
  2. Press and hold on a link, and choose Open in Background
  3. Switch to the newly-created tab
  4. Press the Back button
  5. You'll now have two tabs showing the same page.
I'm 95% sure that in iOS 12 and earlier, there was no Back button when you'd done Open in Background. Can anyone confirm this one?
 

Blowback

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Yep..I get separate pages when I go back/forth buttons....BUT both with same title of original page in overlay look...reverts to original if I ‘go back’ FROM the ‘overlaid’ view look.
 

chabig

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When I open in background in iOS 12, I have a back button on the new page.
 

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When I open in background in iOS 12, I have a back button on the new page.
Hmm... it seems that I've misremembered then! But what happens if you tap it? Does it cause this "duplicate tabs" issue or does it just close the tab?
 

chabig

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The behavior makes sense. Here is what happens. Let's say I open a link from tab 1 in the background, creating tab 2. Then...

a) If I go to tab 2 and press the back button, it returns to the original page but I'm left with one open tab. The software seems to recognize that having two identical tabs isn't what I probably wanted.

b) If I browse around in tab 1 and it's not on the same page as it was when I opened tab 2, going to tab 2 and pressing the back button returns it to the original page but tab 1 stays where it is. So there are now two open tabs.

Never do I end up with two tabs on the same page.