Apple released iOS 16 at the WWDC 2022 event this week. The company’s latest version of iOS brings features such as a brand-new lock screen, iCloud Shared Photo Library, improved Messages, and more. Safari is also gaining some new functions with the introduction of iOS 16 and macOS Ventura. With the latest iOS, Apple’s default web browser gains support for extension syncing, web push notifications, and more.
The iPhone maker added support for Safari extensions on iOS and iPadOS last year. With iOS 16, extension syncing can be enabled for iOS, iPadOS, and macOS devices. This will improve the browsing experience, as data will be synchronised across most Apple products.
Additionally, Apple has introduced Shared Tab Groups for Safari. This feature promises to improve collaboration by letting multiple users work together on a group of tabs. It will allow people to work together, share tabs and bookmarks, and chat right from the browser. Tab Groups will also include customisation options with start pages that can be modified by setting a background image of your choice. You will also be able to create your own bookmarks and custom sections that can be viewed and edited by everyone.
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Safari will also get enhanced security with passkeys, which Apple calls “an easier and safer sign-in method designed to replace passwords on the web and in apps”. The iPhone maker adds, “passkeys are unique digital keys that stay on device and are never stored on a web server, hackers can’t leak them or trick users into sharing them”.
These new features for Safari will accompany iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS Ventura. Currently, they are in the beta test stage. Apple says that the public beta will roll out in July, which will be followed by a general release in fall.
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