macOS Monterey Beta 3: Apple Redesigns Safari Tab Interface Following Complaints

In the third developer beta of macOS Monterey, which came out this morning, Apple has overhauled the design of Safari, making the tab bar more similar to the current tab bar in macOS Big Sur.

macos monterey safari beta 3
The prior Safari design did away with the dedicated URL and search interface, instead allowing any individual tab to be used for navigation input. Tabs were also all arranged at the top of the display to minimize the space taken up at the top of a Safari window.

In ‌macOS Monterey‌, Apple has walked this back. There's a dedicated URL/search bar at the top of the Safari window, with the tabs arranged below it. Clicking on a tab makes it the active window and it's easier to drag tabs for rearranging or opening in a new window.

It's still quite far off from the current Safari design in ‌macOS Big Sur‌, but it's certainly an improvement over the initial ‌macOS Monterey‌ design.

The new and separate tab bar is enabled by default when upgrading to ‌macOS Monterey‌ beta three, but Apple has included an option to revert to the original Monterey design. If you to go View and toggle off "Show Separate Tab Bar," you can use the original design.

‌macOS Monterey‌ beta 3 also appears to lay the groundwork for Universal Control. Under System Preferences -> Displays -> Add Display -> Advanced, there are now preferences that can be selected for the Universal Control feature.

universal control settings monterey
Unfortunately, Universal Control is not functional and we'll have to wait for a later beta to experience a working version.

Related Roundup: macOS Monterey
Tag: Safari
Related Forum: macOS Monterey

Top Rated Comments

kalafalas Avatar
1 week ago
I feel like I’m the only person that liked the change! Oh well, not a big deal to me at the end of the day as I’m one to never really have more than 5 tabs open and close them as soon as I’m done. I mostly appreciated how the interface stayed thin with more than one tab open. Oh well, can’t please everyone!

edit: as others have pointed out, there’s a choice between the two styles! Happy day :)
Score: 55 Votes (Like | Disagree)
grmlin Avatar
1 week ago
This looks like crap. So much wasted vertical space. ?
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Goldfrapp Avatar
1 week ago
Thank god it can be disabled. The new tabs look too much like the search/address bar, which is visually confusing.
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
pizzzle Avatar
1 week ago
Not sure how this is an improvement...
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MrGimper Avatar
1 week ago
Well done Apple for reversing that total cluster-f
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
profets Avatar
1 week ago
Geez. What is going on.

Now the tabs and address bar having same general shape in different rows just looks odd and is wasting even more space than Safari in Big Sur.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Top Stories

safari ios 15

iOS 15: Check Out Safari's New Tab Bar, Tab Groups, and Tab Switcher

Friday June 11, 2021 5:22 am PDT by
In iOS 15, Safari has been completely redesigned with easier-to-reach controls in mind. Foremost is a new, compact tab bar that floats at the bottom of the screen when you're not inputting a URL address. Safari on iOS has also inherited the Start Page from macOS Big Sur, and you can now create tab groups to allow you to easily access them across devices. Let's take a closer look at how it all...
macos monterey tidbits feature copy

Apple Releases Second Public Beta of macOS 12 Monterey

Friday July 16, 2021 10:32 am PDT by
Apple today seeded the second public beta of the macOS 12 Monterey beta to public beta testers, allowing non-developers to test the new macOS Monterey software ahead of its public release. The second beta comes two weeks after Apple released the first macOS Monterey public beta. Public beta testers can download the macOS 12 Monterey update from the Software Update section of the System...
safari ios15

Safari Browser to Get UI Overhaul and New Features Including Tab Groups

Monday June 7, 2021 11:37 am PDT by
For its new mobile and desktop OSes, Apple is redesigning the Safari browser user interface to be more compact and allow for better organization of multiple open tabs, specifically with a new feature called Tab Groups. Tab Groups aim to offer a new way to easily save and manage related tabs, such as those used when planning trips or shopping, or groups can be used to store the tabs you visit ...
iOS 15 General Feature Yellow

Everything New in iOS 15 Beta 3: New Safari Search, Address Bar Relocation and Reload

Wednesday July 14, 2021 11:28 am PDT by
Apple today released the third betas of iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, and the company is continuing to refine the suite of new features that are coming in the update. There have been multiple complaints about Safari on iOS, so in the third beta, Apple has introduced some refinements. This article covers everything that's new in the third beta of iOS 15. Safari Search When you tap into a URL bar...
chromelogo

Chrome for iOS Gains Biometric Authentication for Incognito Tabs

Tuesday July 20, 2021 10:36 am PDT by
Google today updated its Chrome app for iOS devices to version 92, introducing a new feature that allows iPhone and iPad users to protect their Incognito tabs with Touch ID, Face ID, or a passcode. Locked Incognito tabs will not be visible until authenticated after leaving the Chrome app and reopening it, which will prevent someone who gets ahold of your device from viewing your Chrome tabs. ...
macOS Big Sur Feature Blue

Apple Seeds Release Candidate Version of macOS Big Sur 11.5 to Developers

Tuesday July 13, 2021 10:19 am PDT by
Apple today seeded the release candidate version of an upcoming macOS Big Sur 11.5 update to developers for testing purposes, with the new beta coming one week after the release of the fifth macOS Big Sur 11.5 beta. Developers can download the ‌‌‌‌macOS Big Sur‌‌‌‌ 11.5 beta using the Software Update mechanism in System Preferences after installing the proper profile from the ...
macOS Big Sur Feature Orange

Apple Releases macOS Big Sur 11.5 With Podcast App Updates and Bug Fixes

Wednesday July 21, 2021 10:15 am PDT by
Apple today released macOS Big Sur 11.5, the fifth major update to the macOS Big Sur operating system that launched in November 2020. macOS Big Sur 11.5 comes two months after the release of macOS Big Sur 11.4. The new ‌‌‌‌‌macOS Big Sur‌‌‌‌ 11.5 update can be downloaded for free on all eligible Macs using the Software Update section of System Preferences. macOS Big Sur...
safari macos icon banner

Apple Releases Safari 14.1.2 Update for macOS Catalina and macOS Mojave

Monday July 19, 2021 2:00 pm PDT by
Apple today released a new Safari 14.1.2 update that's available for macOS Catalina and macOS Mojave users. The update likely includes important security fixes, but Apple has yet to outline what these fixes might be. New Safari updates are normally introduced alongside new macOS updates for the current version of macOS and security updates for older versions of macOS, but the Safari...
macOS Big Sur Feature Blue

Apple Seeds Second Release Candidate Version of macOS Big Sur 11.5 to Developers

Monday July 19, 2021 10:40 am PDT by
Apple today seeded a second release candidate version of an upcoming macOS Big Sur 11.5 update to developers for testing purposes, with the new update coming one week after the release of the first RC version. Developers can download the ‌‌‌‌macOS Big Sur‌‌‌‌ 11.5 beta using the Software Update mechanism in System Preferences after installing the proper profile from the Apple ...
macOS Big Sur Feature Blue

Apple Seeds Fifth Beta of macOS Big Sur 11.5 to Developers

Thursday July 8, 2021 1:19 pm PDT by
Apple today seeded the fifth beta of an upcoming macOS Big Sur 11.5 update to developers for testing purposes, with the new beta coming two weeks after the release of the fourth macOS Big Sur 11.5 beta. Developers can download the ‌‌‌‌macOS Big Sur‌‌‌‌ 11.5 beta using the Software Update mechanism in System Preferences after installing the proper profile from the Apple...