Just yesterday, Apple released the fourth iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 beta to developers. Today, the company released the four Public Beta for both iOS 15 and iPadOS 15. And although this is filled with plenty of bug fixes, there have been some other additions and changes.
Bringing Back the Old Safari
The biggest change in this latest beta has everything to do with Safari. Up to this point, Apple has caught quite a lot of backlash for its drastic redesign in Safari on both the iPhone and iPad. Moving the address bar to the bottom of the screen makes sense, especially from a usability perspective.
However, many webpages are not ready for such a change. This leaves buttons placed at the bottom of the web page rendered useless and un-tappable. With the update to Beta 4, the older tabbed design has returned to the iPad. But for those who actually enjoy using the new interface, it can be enabled in the Settings app.
- Open the Settings app on your iPad.
- Scroll down and tap Safari.
- Under Tabs, select one of the following:
- Compact Tab Bar (new)
- Separate Tab Bar (old)
This is a welcome change, especially for those who have a multitude of Safari windows open at the same time. Some other changes have been made to Safari, allowing users to toggle “Open New Tabs in Background” on or off. You can now also select when you want Safari tabs to close, with the ability to choose Manually, after one day, week, or month.
Subtle Changes in Safari on iPhone
As for the iPhone version of Safari, Apple has introduced a few slight tweaks that aim to improve the user experience. The Share button has been relocated to the tab bar, removing the “info” button that was previously available. The reload button has returned, after being removed in previous iOS 15 beta versions. Now, it can seen as a rather small icon next to the URL of whatever website you are viewing.
When you long-press on the URL bar, a new “Show Bookmarks” options appears in the context menu. This makes it easier to access your bookmarks instead of pressing an unnecessary amount of buttons. Finally, a new icon appears whenever you visit a website that supports Reader Mode. Apple is also making this accessible when tapping the Share icon.
Slap On The MagSafe Battery
Last week Apple’s new MagSafe Battery was released, prompting Apple to release iOS 14.7. But those on the iOS 15 beta train were unable to actually use this portable charger. With iOS 15 Beta 4, the MagSafe Battery is now compatible with your iPhone 12.
Not only will you be able to charge, but Apple has integrated other features for when the Battery is attached. For one, the Battery Pack now appears in the iOS battery widget, along with a custom icon. Additionally, a new Lock Screen animation will appear when connecting the MagSafe Battery. In addition to a familiar animation, your iPhone will show you the remaining capacity of both your iPhone and the attached battery.
Even More Changes
That’s not all that Apple introduces with iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 Beta 4. There are quite a few changes that can be found while looking around in the different system applications. Here’s a breakdown of what else is new in this latest update:
- Lock Screen Camera Icon button very slightly, with changes to the flash and lens ring of the camera icon.
- The Shortcuts app now features a new “Return to Home Screen” action.
- In Settings, the Notifications icon has been slightly tweaked with a new design.
- From the Contacts app, you can now decide whether to share your Focus status or not.
- Apple’s new Settings layout arrives in the App Store Account section.
- In the Photos app, you can now choose a different song if an Apple Music song cannot be used due to copyright concerns.
While Apple continues to sort out the whole Safari saga, it seems that iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 Beta 4 introduce some meaningful changes. The ability to switch the layout of Safari is not something we expected to see. But it’s definitely a welcome addition.
How to enroll in the iOS 15 / iPadOS 15 Public Beta
We’re still a couple of months away from the final release of iOS 15 and iPadOS 15. This means there is going to be at least a couple of more beta releases before the final version lands. If you want to get a taste of Apple’s upcoming mobile software, here’s how you can enroll:
- Go to beta.apple.com.
- Tap the iOS or iPadOS tab.
- Tap on Download profile.
- Tap Allow.
- Tap on Close.
- Open Settings.
- Tap Profile Downloaded.
- Tap Install in the upper-right corner.
- Enter your passcode.
- Tap Install.
- Tap Install.
- Tap Restart.
That’s it! After your phone is finished restarting, you’ll be loaded into the welcome screen and can explore iOS 15 or iPadOS 15. Let us know what you think, and if there are any features that we’ve missed!
Andrew is a freelance writer based on the East Coast of the US.
He has written for a variety of sites over the years, including iMore, Android Central, Phandroid, and a few others. Now, he spends his days working for an HVAC company, while moonlighting as a freelance writer at night.