iOS 7: Three Tips to make Mobile Safari Work for You

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One of the most radically changed apps in iOS 7 is Safari. Obviously it looks quite a bit different from its predecessor, and much of the functionality found in the previous version has been re-worked for the new look. For example, the way tabs are viewed in the app has been updated to accommodate an infinite number of pages along with a handy swipe gesture for closing them. Quite a few other features have been changed and the new way in which three of them work will be covered here.

Safari's New .com button

First, let’s address the the removal of the .com button. Since the original iPhone, Safari has sported a special .com button to tag onto the end of URLs. It was extremely useful. However, with iOS 7’s unified address and search bar, Apple opted to replace the button with a simple period. Thankfully for people who enjoyed the feature, all you have to do is tap and hold the period to bring up a selection of common URL suffixes from which to choose.

iCloud Tabs in Safari

iCloud Tabs have been moved as well, but to an arguably more convenient place. To see your list of iCloud tabs, simply tap the “tabs” button to view all open tabs and scroll down. There you’ll find all open windows and tabs from your other Macs and iDevices.

Safari's Magical, Vanishing Toolbar

Lastly, Apple has taken a page from Google’s book by hiding Safari’s controls once you start scrolling. It’s great for providing more space for the site you’re viewing, but how do you get the controls back once they’ve gone?

Many have noticed that scrolling back up tends to get them to show up again, but there’s an easier way: To view Safari’s controls once they’ve gone away, just tap the title at the top of the page. Alternatively, you can tap the region at the bottom of the screen in which the toolbar resides when it’s visible.

If you have any other iOS 7 Safari tips, feel free to share them in the comments!

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3 Comments

JonGl

The . com shortcut can be even shorter. I just press and hold on the period, and then let go. Just letting go after the popup list comes up automatically adds the .com to the end. No need to drag up and select it. Actually, this was how I discovered the whole thing. I pressed and held the period for a bit too long, and when I let go, there as the com part. I almost didn’t see it and typed another “com” after it. oops…

Michael Johnston

JonGl: Awesome!

eolake

How weird. I’ve spend 20 minutes getting my iMac, iPad, and iPhone signed into the same iCloud account. (Hey, what’s with all those “i"s?) (I have a US and a UK account, because much material is missing or late here East of Paradise.)
And yet I don’t get any iCloud tabs.
iPhone just doesn’t show anything. iPad politely tells me there ain’t any.
(I do have a few Safari windows/tabs open on all three.)

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Almost midnight. I wonder if the iPad Really-Light sale starts then? Cuz I want one, been saying for 3 years that the weight was the main downside to the iPad. (OK, it really needs to be half a pound, but Rome wasn’t burned in an hour.)

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