Reverting to a traditional design
Apple has updated Safari’s design in the latest iOS 15 beta (Developer Beta 6), making the address bar look and act more like what users are used to and giving you the option to put it at either the top or bottom of the screen. The redesign of Safari, particularly on iPhones, has been controversial. However, Apple seems to be starting to remove the floating design that was used throughout the beta.
Federico Viticci, the founder of MacStories and podcaster, posted screenshots on Twitter showing the new design. If the address bar is placed at the bottom of the page, it will sit above a row with controls that include back and forward buttons and a share and tab button. These buttons used to be one with the address bars in previous beta versions. Safari will look the same in iOS 14 if the user selects to display the address bar at the top.
We did it everyone:— Federico Viticci (@viticci) August 17, 2021
Safari in iOS 15 beta 6 features a new address bar at the bottom that sits below page content. A toolbar with buttons is back.
And we can put the address bar back at the top again 🎉 pic.twitter.com/dbCvauXoDy
Since the launch of Safari’s beta, Apple has been working to improve and change Safari’s design. The updates have been relatively small — buttons were added back into the address bar (making it a minefield of touch targets), and Apple made the address bar easier to get to when you’re typing in a URL or search term. The incremental updates have not satisfied those who want a return to a traditional design that does not include floating elements that hover above a web page’s content.
OPTIONS SHOULD HELP PLEASE THOSE WHO (KIND OF) LIKED THE CHANGE AND THOSE WHO DIDN’T
It is possible to move the address bar to any location you like. This applies to those who think it’s a good idea (regardless of how it was designed) and those who prefer it to be at the top. Although it may be a challenge for web designers who might contend with something hitting their webpage at the top or bottom, it is an excellent option for users.
According to Viticci, the iPad version of Safari hasn’t changed with this update, though Apple introduced an option that more or less let you go back to a traditional design in Beta 4.