Here Are All The Fantastic New Safari Features Apple Should Put Into iOS 7 [Gallery]

New Page Typing Device

With every new version of iOS, Safari ends up getting some new features, and designer Brent Caswell has some really good ideas about what should come to Safari in iOS 7, including a unified address and search bar, website push notifications, a better bookmarks manager, more advanced Reader options and more. Here’s a look at some of his better ideas:

Bookmark Stream Device

Bookmark Stream is like Photo Stream in iOS 6, except it’s a stream of bookmarks shared by all of your devices to which you can invite other people to contribute. For example, you and your wife could share bookmarks with each other.

Folder Closed

This is part of what Brent Caswell imagines Bookmarks looking like in Safari for iOS 7. Favicon support helps make websites more visually distinctive, and cleans up the appearance of Bookmarks, making it seem more modern than a list of text.

New Page

One of the major changes Caswell sees happening in Safari for iOS 7 is a unified Google search bar and location bar, similar to Chrome’s “Omnibar.” The major reason why Apple doesn’t do this already is because there’s a different keyboard in iOS for the location bar than there is for entering a text term, but a modified version of the standard keyboard like the one above solves that problem.

Pages

Caswell also envisions a new pages manager in Safari, that not only puts more thumbnails of open tabs viewable at a glance, but also hosts iCloud Tabs: a more sensible location for that feature, I think, than under Bookmarks.

Reader Settings

Here’s another great idea: why not give Reader all of the readability options as iBooks, considering you’re just as likely to spend hours reading text in that view?

Safari Icon Notification

Finally, Caswell imagines Safari gaining push notifications. What he means here is that websites could send you push notifications through Safari if you had them bookmarked or gave them the option. So imagine every time Cult of Mac posts a new article, you get a push notification under Safari. It would work almost like RSS. It’s an intriguing idea, but I hate Notifications, so I’m a little aghast at the idea of another iOS app getting them. What do you think?

Caswell has a lot more great ideas for Safari in iOS 7, I suggest you read his full post for more. There’s a lot more there, and they are all incredibly well thought out. Food for thought, at least.

  • daov2a

    Yeah, Safari should TOTALLY have these features that every other browser already has…

    I just want iOS7 to let me choose my default browser. It’s not that hard.

  • CharilaosMulder

    Love most of the ideas except the unified bar. Here’s why:

    -on a desktop browser, the less interface elements the better if you navigate by the tab key. On iOS, no matter where the element is located, it needs a tap. So there’s no navigational reason to unify here.
    -the two separate keyboards serve their respective tasks better than this fused keyboard. Having a full space bar on search and a dot key on the address bar is more optimised.
    -the address bar already accepts shortcuts like “nytimes” to turn them into “www.nytimes.com”
    -having separate search and address bars gives more relevant suggestions (and shorter lists) on each (top hit, search suggestions, bookmarks, history, find on this page would be too much for one list)
    -deleting the URL every time you want to search something isn’t very efficient
    -having Google spy what you type in the address bar isn’t beneficial for the end user at all

    So no. There’s no real benefit in having a unified search/address bar, in fact there’s tons of downsides. True, it does look a bit better, but decoration can’t be afforded if it ruins usability.

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