Safari Gaining Extension Syncing Across Devices, Web Image Translation Support, and More Later This Fall

Later this fall, Safari will be gaining the ability to translate web images with Live Text, support for push web notifications on iOS, extension syncing across iOS, iPadOS, and macOS, and more.

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With iOS 16 and macOS Ventura, Safari is gaining some small refinements following a more significant redesign last year.

Last year, Apple introduced Safari extensions on iOS and iPadOS, and this year users can enable extension syncing across their iOS, iPadOS, and macOS devices, ensuring a more seamless browsing experience across each platform.

On iOS and macOS, Safari is also gaining Shared Tab Groups, an easy way to share a group of tabs with friends and family. All members of a group can add tabs to the list and collaborate.

For individual Tab Groups, Apple is adding the ability to create dedicated start pages for groups and to pin tabs within Safari Tab groups. Other small changes include improved password recommendations based on-site-specific requirements, cross-device syncing for website settings, and more.

These changes will come as part of ‌iOS 16‌, iPadOS 16, and ‌macOS Ventura‌, all currently being beta tested by developers. A public beta will be available in July, followed by a general release in the fall.

Related Roundups: iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS Ventura
Related Forums: iOS 16, macOS Ventura

Top Rated Comments

zubikov Avatar
25 weeks ago
Still a slower browser even w/ powerful hardware behind it.
Still many sites have issues w/ Safari.
Still no sync across PC/Mac browsers (like w/ Chrome), so there's a need to maintain two sets of saved passwords.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
raziel101 Avatar
25 weeks ago
Apple should fix bookmark syncing across devices before attempting to sync more consumer data. The amount of cloud sync issues I experience in iOS 15 is a disappointment and worried if it will carry over into iOS 16.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nvmls Avatar
25 weeks ago
They keep pretending the browser is fine, it's hilarious at this point.

I also noticed (from a photo on the Apple website) that Safari tabs have returned to the classic tab design from pre Monterey. I.e. Rectangular rather than rounded and spaced, with the active tab a lighter colour.


Yea why improve it altogether when they can just break stuff to bring back in the form of "updates".

Compact mode is still so half-baked with so many glitches Mrs. Simmons must be using Edge.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
maxdefcon Avatar
25 weeks ago

Still a slower browser even w/ powerful hardware behind it.
Still many sites have issues w/ Safari.
Still no sync across PC/Mac browsers (like w/ Chrome), so there's a need to maintain two sets of saved passwords.
Can you please provide examples of what sites don’t work? I’ve submitted a few bugs to bugs.webkit.org and they were addressed. I see people complain, but don’t take personal accountability to report the issue. It’s tiresome.


Apple should fix bookmark syncing across devices before attempting to sync more consumer data. The amount of cloud sync issues I experience in iOS 15 is a disappointment and worried if it will carry over into iOS 16.
I guess to each his/her own as I’ve never ran into bookmarks not syncing across my multiple devices.


Still no proper extensions like UBlock Origin or Bypass Paywalls Clean
I use Wipr, properly installed as most don’t follow instructions, and don’t get ads on Safari and haven’t seen a YT ad either.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nevhoffman Avatar
25 weeks ago

Still a slower browser even w/ powerful hardware behind it.
Still many sites have issues w/ Safari.
Still no sync across PC/Mac browsers (like w/ Chrome), so there's a need to maintain two sets of saved passwords.
1) Safari is the fastest browser BY FAR. full stop.
2) VERY FEW sites have problems with Safari.
and if you use a Mac AND a PC 1) I'm sorry and 2) use a different browser.
Even if Apple wasted their time on a Safari browser, it would still stuck as the Apple Music and iCloud apps for Windows do.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
javisan Avatar
25 weeks ago
Can third party browsers on iOS like Edge finally use extensions as well?
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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