Safari on iPadOS 15 preview: What's new and how to refresh a page
And with iPadOS 15, Safari has been notably updated with a new, more compact look and a few new or changed features. Let's check it all out!
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Safari on iPad is now more compact
The first thing you'll notice in Safari on iPadOS 15 is that the search bar has now been integrated with the tabs. This saves us vertical screen space while browsing, leaving more for the actual websites.
How to access the Safari search bar on iPadOS 15? Simple – whichever tab you have open will be expanded horizontally, just tap it to access the search bar, which itself behaves as it did before.
With the search bar now open, you can enter a search term or a URL, or alternatively access the sites in your Favorites as you could in iPadOS 14.
Safari for iPad gets a new feature with iPadOS 15 called Tab Groups. Those can be used for planning things or storing frequently visited tabs, and will conveniently sync with Safari on your iPhone and MacBook.
At any time you can press and hold one of your open Safari tabs and you'll see the new option – "Move to Tab Group". When you tap it, you can select in which Tab Group to add the current, or all of your open tabs into (e.g. "Shopping" or "Work).
You can then access your Tab Groups via the Safari Reading List. Simply press the Tab Group and the tabs that were added to it will all open in a separate instance from your currently open tabs. Pretty cool!
Extensions on Safari for iPad
Arguably the biggest upgrade for Safari on iPad is the upcoming addition of web extensions (a.k.a. add-ons). We've had those on desktop browsers forever, but they're a first on iPadOS 15.
According to Apple's WWDC presentation, iPhone and iPad Safari extensions will eventually become available for download via the App Store. Those have been said to include Honey, Grammarly and more. It's likely that we'll also finally get helpful Safari extensions for web developers on iPad.
How to refresh a page in Safari for iPad?
If you saw Apple's presentation or are already using iPadOS 15, you may have noticed that the refresh button on Safari is now missing. It used to be in the right corner of your open tab, but it's now replaced with a new button (a circle with three dots in it).
To refresh a page in Safari on iPadOS 15, simply tap that button, and in the popup that will appear, press Reload.
You can also refresh pages the alternative way – scroll to the top of the page, then do a swipe down gesture over it. In any case, many other things have remained the same, however, and shouldn't take too long to get used to. For example, to close the current tab, you press the little "X" button in its left corner, just like in iPadOS 14.
You can also press, hold and rearrange the position of tabs just like before, despite their slight redesign, new position and integration with the search bar.