Apple Releases macOS Big Sur Safari 15.1 Beta With Relocated Favorites Bar

Apple today seeded a new beta of Safari 15.1 for macOS Big Sur and macOS Catalina, allowing developers to test the new Safari update ahead of its launch. Safari 15.1 is also the version of Safari that's available in the macOS Monterey beta.

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In yesterday's macOS Monterey release, Apple tweaked the design of the Favorites bar, moving it back up above the Tab bar where it was before Safari changes were implemented with the ‌macOS Monterey‌ update and the Safari 15 release. Safari 15.1 includes the same tweak to the Favorites bar.

Apple in ‌macOS Monterey‌ overhauled the look of Safari, debuting a new tab design that has proven to be unpopular with users. Apple has been refining the Safari design since then, and the changes coming in Monterey were made available to macOS Big Sur and macOS Catalina users with the launch of Safari 15.

Registered developers can download the Safari 15.1 beta by logging in and then navigating to the More Downloads section. The latest versions of macOS Big Sur or macOS Catalina are required to install the beta.

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Top Rated Comments

baryon Avatar
8 months ago
Oh but please don't make any changes to the tabs. I love having no clue which tab is active, it makes closing tabs so much more fun and unexpected!
Score: 29 Votes (Like | Disagree)
justperry Avatar
8 months ago
Just go back to the old UI version.
Score: 27 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ? Avatar
8 months ago
What is Apply trying to achieve here with Safari lol?
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dguisinger Avatar
8 months ago
These tabs are horrendous....
Just Stop

Someone needs to be fired for this mess
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Westside guy Avatar
8 months ago
All these recent Safari changes (both on iOS and macOS) are classic examples of what happens when you've got a fairly mature piece of software and a development team that's trying to justify its current staffing levels.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Tagbert Avatar
8 months ago
Having the favorites above the tabs makes sense. Now the tabs are closer to the content thus emphasizing the relationship of the tabs and content. If only they would fix the inverted shading of active vs inactive tabs in light mode. The active tab should be the lightest and have most contrast. the inactive tabs should be darker and have less contrast.

I've given up hoping that they will make the tabs look more like tabs and less like buttons that are completely unconnected to the content.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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