Safari in iOS 12: What’s new with Apple’s web browser

Safari is Apple’s web browsing platform that comes pre-loaded on every Apple device. Apple has been working on improving Safari for years in order to offer a smooth and fast user experience. Safari has been through a lot of software updates, which helps it get smarter and better every year.

With a modern version of iOS, Safari is finally at a point where we can ignore Google Chrome and Firefox. Last year, iOS 11 was debuted alongside a lot of new Safari features, ranging from offline viewing to reader mode. In iOS 12, Apple’s web browser receives a few new features that add up to a better user experience.

In the section below, we have created a list of the best new features in iOS 12 Safari. For some background, Apple has begun rolling out the first beta of iOS 12 to developers for testing purposes. If you now have a developer account, then you can download the update. However, keep in mind that iOS 12 is still in beta stages, so it may include bugs and errors.

  1. Better password autofill

Password autofill is a great addition to Safari that automatically fills in your credentials on websites. This comes in handy for those who apply the same usernames and passwords to apps and services. The feature received a wide welcome from users and tech experts worldwide, as it eliminates the need to type in passwords over and over again.

In iOS 11, Apple extended Safari’s password autofill feature to third-party apps. In other words, if you have saved your passwords in Safari, they will be automatically applied in relevant apps. For example, you download an email client and add a new account. On the sign-in screen, tap into the password field, then hit the key icon and select the password from the list.

In iOS 12, Safari now includes the ability to apply strong passwords to apps and services. For example, when you receive a two-factor authentication code for an app in the Messages, it will be automatically filled in the corresponding app. This saves some time as it eliminates the need to copy and paste it.

  1. Website icons now show up in Safari tabs

Apple’s Safari offers a smooth user experience on all Apple devices, ranging from browsing the web to watching YouTube videos. However, Apple’s web browser did not display your website’s icons, which might lead to a confusion for those who want to switch sides.

In iOS 12, all of your website’s icons will show up in Safari tabs, something Google Chrome and Firefox have been able to do for a long time. This is a small change but indicates that Apple is listening to user feedback. To enable the option, open the Settings app on your device. Once you are in, scroll down a little bit and tap Safari, then turn on the switch for Show Icons in Tabs.

  1. Better Intelligent Tracking Prevention

In iOS 11, Apple introduced Intelligent Tracking Prevention in Safari following months of rumors. Apple’s move aims to stop ads from tracking users site by site. Basically, Safari blocks cross-site tracking techniques that use cookies to follow users across the internet. The feature received a wide welcome from users and tech experts at launch.

In iOS 12, Apple improved Safari’s ads-tracking feature, making it smarter and better. The feature now notifies you every time a website is trying to track you. The coolest part is that you can decide what to do next. Specifically, you can block a website from tracking you across the internet or allow it.

  1. Block legacy Safari extensions

In iOS 12, Apple announced that its web browser will block access to legacy Safari extensions that come from outside the Safari Extensions Gallery. The Safari Extensions Gallery was first introduced back in 2010 and serves as a way for users to discover new extensions to personalize their browser.

However, Apple has decided to deprecate the Safari Extensions Gallery, which aims to encourage developers to switch to Safari App Extensions.

  1. Viewer for AR and 3D models

Augmented reality has been Apple’s main focus for years. Last year, Apple first debuted an AR feature in its iPhone X model, called Animoji. Basically, Animoji allows you to create your custom animated characters. Animoji received a warm welcome from users, which gives Apple a driving reason to bring AR support to more apps.

In iOS 12, Safari now includes a viewer for augmented reality and 3D models, allowing users to view AR objects directly on their web browser.

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