Everything New With Safari in iOS 15: Redesign, Tab Groups, Live Text, Privacy Updates and More

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MacRumors 03 September, 2021 - 04:10pm 52 views

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Safari started out with a new floating tab design that moved the address bar and tabs to the bottom of the iPhone interface, but now the design change is optional.

You can get to webpage settings by tapping on the Aa, or reload a page by tapping on the reload button. With this Tab Bar interface, when you scroll through a webpage, the entire Tab Bar collapses down so you can see more of the website. You can bring it back up with a tap.

If you choose "Single Tab" instead of "Tab Bar," the address bar and tabs will remain at the top of the Safari window, which is how iOS 14 works. The design of the Single Tab option is unchanged from ‌iOS 14‌, with the same control bar available at the bottom of the interface. You can't swipe through tabs using the Single Tab interface and will instead need to use the Tab Switcher.

You can swap between the bottom Tab Bar and the Single Tab interface by tapping on the "Aa" button that's next to any URL.

Available in the Settings app, Allow Website Tinting matches the collapsed Safari address bar interface to the website's colors to make it blend in better with the background.

With the new Landscape Tab Bar setting, when you use your ‌iPhone‌ in landscape mode with Safari, you'll see a Mac-style tab bar that shows all of your open tabs, and you can swipe through them.

A downward swipe on any webpage in ‌iOS 15‌ will refresh the page, and this is an alternative to having to tap on the reload icon.

Tabs in ‌iOS 15‌ can be saved into Tab Groups, which offers a way to preserve a set of tabs you have open without having to have those tabs active.

To make a Tab Group, just open up all of the websites that you want to include, tap on the Tabs button with the down arrow, and then tap New Tab Group from [#] Tabs. You can also use this option to create a New Empty Tab Group that tabs can be added to later. Long press on any open tab (or the main address bar if you have the single tab view enabled) to add it to a Tab Group.

To load up a Tab Group, tap on the Tabs button and then tap on the name of the group in the list. All of your Tab Groups sync across your devices so you can access them on iPhones and iPads running iOS and iPadOS 15 as well as on Macs running macOS Monterey.

In ‌iOS 14‌, all of your open tabs are displayed in a card-like interface that you can swipe through, but in ‌iOS 15‌, open tabs are displayed in a grid view.

Safari is more customizable in ‌iOS 15‌, and you can edit what's available on your start page. This is a feature that has been available on macOS, but is now also available on iOS devices.

You can choose to have the start page show Favorites, Frequently Visited sites, Shared With You content, Privacy Report info, Siri Suggestions, Reading List, and iCloud Tabs.

There's an option to use the same Start Page appearance across all devices, and a toggle to upload the background image of your choice.

Safari in ‌iOS 15‌ automatically upgrades sites that are known to support HTTPS from HTTP, which is insecure.

‌iCloud‌ Private Relay is a privacy feature that makes sure all of your Safari traffic is encrypted.

As explained in our privacy guide, ‌iCloud‌ Private Relay protects your IP address and de-links it from the websites that you visit by utilizing two separate internet relays.

By having a two-step process that involves both an Apple server and a third-party server, ‌‌iCloud‌‌ Private Relay prevents anyone, including Apple, from determining a user's identity and linking it to the website the user is visiting.

With this system, Apple knows your IP address and the third-party partner knows the site you're visiting, and because the information is de-linked, neither Apple nor the partner company has a complete picture of the site you're visiting and your location, and neither does the website you're browsing. Normally websites have access to this data and combined with cookies, can use it to build a profile of your preferences.

Safari in ‌iOS 15‌ supports web extensions, with web extensions able to be downloaded and installed through the App Store. Available extensions include content blockers, VPNs, and more.

With ‌iOS 15‌, iPhones and iPads are able to use a new Live Text feature to detect text in any image, and this includes images that you find in Safari.

Shared With You, a new option available on the Safari start page, aggregates all of the links that you've been sent in the Messages app and other social networking apps that support the Shared With You feature.

Have questions about the new Safari changes in ‌iOS 15‌, know of a feature we left out, or want to offer feedback on this guide? Send us an email here.

When Apple released iOS 14.5 in April, it introduced the ability to unlock your iPhone with Face ID while wearing a mask, as long as you are wearing an Apple Watch. Here are some troubleshooting tips.

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MagSafe Battery Pack support, the ability to merge two existing Apple Card accounts, HomePod timer management in the Home app, and more.

New features for FaceTime calls, tools to reduce distractions, a new notifications experience, added privacy features, complete redesigns for Safari, Weather, and Maps, and more.

Updates for Safari, FaceTime, and many other apps, Universal Control to let a single mouse or trackpad control multiple devices, new Shortcuts app, machine-learning Live Text detection and Visual Lookup, and more.

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Apple Plans to Add Satellite Features to iPhones for Emergencies

Bloomberg Quicktake: Now 04 September, 2021 - 10:20am

Apple's iPhone 13 satellite connectivity will reportedly be just for emergencies

CNET 04 September, 2021 - 10:20am

A render of the iPhone 13.

Apple's upcoming iPhone 13 could be able to use satellite signals to send text messages in areas without cellular coverage, but at first, those messages will reportedly be limited to emergencies only. Industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo told investors last week that Apple's next iPhone will be able to tap into the signals of low-Earth-orbit satellites. As of Monday, Bloomberg is reporting that the phone will only be able to use those signals to text emergency services, emergency contacts or report a crisis. 

The iPhone 13 could have a Qualcomm X60 baseband chip allowing it to not only use 4G and 5G, but satellite signals. Kuo named Globalstar as the most likely satellite communications company collaborating with Apple on the service. Early speculation was that Apple would use satellites to connect underserved areas, similar to the goal of the Starlink satellites from SpaceX. 

Bloomberg's report throws a little cold water on the breadth of Apple's satellite offerings at launch. An unidentified person told Bloomberg that while the iPhone could have the necessary hardware for satellite communications at launch, we shouldn't expect to see it in action before next year. Plus, the feature is still in flux and could be changed or discarded entirely before release.

Even when it does launch, Bloomberg notes it will primarily be a texting-via-satellite tool. You'll be able to send SOS messages to emergency services or an emergency contact via the Messages app and the texts will be limited to a shorter length. You'll supposedly also be able to report a crisis like a plane crash or a sinking boat, and the phone will prompt you for details. It's unclear which emergency services the phone would use.

You might also have to walk in a certain direction as prompted by your phone to actually connect to a satellite, and the connection might not be instantaneous. Bloomberg's article did not rule out the service eventually being used for phone calls. 

Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

iPhone 13 Might Let You Make Phone Calls Without Cell Service

Yahoo Lifestyle 04 September, 2021 - 10:20am

The upcoming iPhone 13 might have a leg up on the competition, as the unannounced smartphone will allegedly feature low earth orbit (LEO) satellite connectivity. Apple has been experimenting with the technology for years, with the ultimate goal to give its products the ability to make calls and texts without the need for standard 4G and 5G towers.

Nothing has been officially confirmed by Apple, but the news came from Ming-Chi Kuo – a prominent Apple analyst – in a recent investor note. Specifically, Kuo thinks users will be able to leverage LEO satellite connectivity to perform certain messaging tasks while outside the range of industry-standard cell towers. This is all possible thanks to a proprietary Qualcomm X60 modem chip – one that will be exclusively available in the iPhone 13 lineup at launch.

Because the rumors are unconfirmed, plenty of questions remain unanswered. Will only Apple-based applications such as iMessage and FaceTime be eligible for the service? Will LEO satellite usage be included in your monthly phone bill or will it incur a separate fee? And how reliable will it be compared to established 5G networks?

At this point, we have more questions than answers, but LEO satellite technology is undoubtedly an interesting prospect for the iPhone 13. Expect to learn more in the coming weeks – Apple is expected to pull back the curtain on the long-awaited iPhone sometime in September.

While connecting to a satellite sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie, there’s nothing truly unique about it. Satellite phones already exist on the market, and with the ever-growing reach of 5G, there’s little mainstream need for a persistent connection to outer space.

However, a sliver of iPhone users will probably love the feature, as it ensures they’re always online wherever they go. Specifically, owners in remote locations with poor reception, or those who take their phone on hikes, boats or anywhere “off the grid” will still be able to use a few features on their smartphone despite the lack of standard cell signals.

Considering the iPhone 13 will be the first of the big names to incorporate the technology, Apple will become the de facto leader in the field. It may not be a “game-changer,” but it’s a checkbox no other product will feature until at least 2022.

Sadly, little has been confirmed about the iPhone 13. The LEO connectivity is the latest in a line of rumors and reports, with nothing officially confirmed by Apple. Still, a few reliable rumblings are floating about the internet:

The iPhone 13 screen will feature a smaller camera notch.

Both the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini will have diagonally oriented cameras.

The iPhone 13 screen will boast a new 120Hz refresh rate.

A larger battery will provide an all-day charge.

Again – nothing has been confirmed, but Apple should be setting up a press conference later this month to showcase the iPhone 13 in all its glory.

With the iPhone 13 (hopefully) right around the corner, plenty of retailers are offering up big discounts on the iPhone 12. If you’re in the market for a new smartphone today and can’t wait a few weeks to see what happens with the iPhone 13, here are some of the cheapest ways to get your hands on Apple’s current smartphone:

Save $700 by trading in your old iPhone SE, Galaxy S 8+, Google Pixel 4 or similar smartphone and upgrading to an iPhone 12. You’ll also get a $500 prepaid gift card if you opt for monthly device payments.

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iPhone 13 satellite communication — everything we know so far

Tom's Guide 04 September, 2021 - 10:20am

iPhone 13 could include this handy emergency feature

The MacRumors story on a report from top Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, further backed up by a Bloomberg report, caught Apple observers flat-footed. Most of us are accustomed to the standard suite of rumored camera and display upgrades. But LEO (low-Earth orbit) satellite communication is largely meant for off-the-grid dwellers, scientists, survivalists and journalists exploring remote parts of the world. Why would Apple, of all companies, be trying to compete in a space crowded by $800 feature phones with giant antennas?

According to Bloomberg, the iPhone 13's satellite capabilities are only meant for emergency calls and texts when a cell signal is not available. It's not clear exactly how this would work with carriers or other satellite companies, or if there would be an added associated cost. But the option could be handy. And whenever Apple does something, like removing the charger from the box, other phone makers tend to follow.

It should be noted that the feature might not actually be activated until next year. Per Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, while the hardware will be baked into the iPhone 13, the feature will need to be activated by a future software update, likely in 2022. The feature could also be dropped entirely. 

Before we get into the iPhone 13 potentially having satellite communication, let's break down what satellite phones are. 

Unlike the cell phones most of us tote around, satphones connect via orbiting satellites. This gives satphones distinct advantages over cellphones. Satphones can essentially connect from anywhere on Earth and are not reliant on cell towers. This can be handy not only when traversing the Gobi Desert, but during natural disasters that may knock out cell towers. 

Unlike cellphones, satphones are tied to a specific satellite company. The big ones are Iridium, Inmarsat and Globalstar. Each company has varying levels of coverage, depending on the number of satellites orbiting in its "constellations." For example, Iridium has 75 satellites at 780 km above Earth orbiting the globe, giving coverage to even the North Pole. Globalstar, has 48 satellites at 1,414km above Earth, meaning speeds will be slower than Iridium due to the longer distance. Globalstar's coverage isn't fully global either, but hits much of North and South America, Europe and northern Asia, Russia an Australia. 

Inmarsat has a completely different satellite system than Iridium and Globalstar. With only 13 satellites, Inmarsat has the fewest of the three. But the satellites orbit at 35,405km above Earth, giving each satellite a greater view of the planet. The satellites are also in geosynchronous orbit (GEO), meaning that the satellites follows the rotation of the Earth. Once someone locks in with an Inmarsat satellite, they're unlikely to lose their connection. But if there's a major obstruction, the Inmarsat satphone won't be able to as easily connect to another satellite, requiring the user to move to a location with a clearer line of sight. 

Given that the iPhone 13 does not have a giant antennae sticking out the top, the quality of any satellite coverage remains to be seen. But common sense dictates that it wouldn't be as good as a dedicated satellite phone. 

According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will reportedly use Globalstar's satellite constellation. So it will be able to make emergency calls and texts from much of the world, inclduing North and South America, Europe, northern Asia, the Koreas, Japan, parts of Russia and all of Australia. Unfortunately most of Africa, South and Southeast Asia and much of the northern hemispheres will have weak to no coverage.

The iPhone 13 will apparently use a modified Qualcomm X60 baseband chip. The quality of coverage is unknown at this time.

Call quality and coverage might also be hindered by the iPhone's lack of external antennae, although you could see companies making accessories to help boost signal. 

Satellite data speeds tend to be incredibly slow, so don't expect to watch Netflix in remote China. Actually, speeds are so slow that loading up a simple Word document might not be feasible. On the Globalstar GSP-1700 satellite phone, it offers speeds of 9.6 kbps. That's slower than dial-up. 

Satellite phone plans are not cheap. The cheapest plans can run at $35 a month, but only with 15 minutes of talk time in North America. Global plans can start at $52.95 a month, with only 10 minutes of talk time, with each additional minute costing a $1.29 more. There are also emergency plans that don't include minutes and only charge based on minutes used. But to keep the plan active, it may cost a few hundred dollars a year.

Some cell phone carriers automatically block phones from being able to call satellite phones unless the customer requests the block be removed. Calling a satellite phone is considered an international call, costing a few dollars per minute. 

How cell carriers will integrate iPhone 13's satellite system remains to be seen. It's not sure if all plans will include emergency satellite calls and texts, or if it would be something requiring an add-on. It's also unknown if all iPhone 13 models, or only the more premium editions, will include satellite calling. 

The potential inclusion of satellite connectivity in the iPhone 13 could effectively shift all phone development. According to Kuo, Apple is banking on LEO satellite connectivity as the future to help "provide innovative experiences." It's not sure what Kuo meant by this, but reports suggest that Apple has been tinkering away at mixed reality headsets, an Apple car and other IoT (internet of things) devices. 

In 2019, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman reported that Apple had hired a "top secret team" of software, hardware and aerospace engineers to innovate on satellite data transfer, with results being expected in five years. The status of what that team developed remains unknown. Granted, a company as large and cash-rich as Apple can easily hire engineers to noodle away at far-flung concepts with little chance of coming to market. 

And remember, according to Gurman's source, Apple may not even allow satellite connectivity to occur until next year or could drop the plan entirely. 

There's a chance that Apple is looking at Starlink, Elon Musk's satellite internet company, that plans to launch thousands of small LEO satellites to provide high speed internet to anyone around the world. Already, users in remote parts of America, Britain and Canada report that the experience has been lifechanging. 

If Apple does introduce satellite coverage with the iPhone 13, at the very least it will push other phone manufacturers into adding remote safety features as well. And if even one person lost in the woods is saved thanks to their iPhone 13's satellite connectivity, it would have been well worth the effort by Apple. 

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Everything New With Safari in iOS 15: Redesign, Tab Groups, Live Text, Privacy Updates and More

GSMArena.com 03 September, 2021 - 12:10pm

Safari started out with a new floating tab design that moved the address bar and tabs to the bottom of the iPhone interface, but now the design change is optional.

You can get to webpage settings by tapping on the Aa, or reload a page by tapping on the reload button. With this Tab Bar interface, when you scroll through a webpage, the entire Tab Bar collapses down so you can see more of the website. You can bring it back up with a tap.

If you choose "Single Tab" instead of "Tab Bar," the address bar and tabs will remain at the top of the Safari window, which is how iOS 14 works. The design of the Single Tab option is unchanged from ‌iOS 14‌, with the same control bar available at the bottom of the interface. You can't swipe through tabs using the Single Tab interface and will instead need to use the Tab Switcher.

You can swap between the bottom Tab Bar and the Single Tab interface by tapping on the "Aa" button that's next to any URL.

Available in the Settings app, Allow Website Tinting matches the collapsed Safari address bar interface to the website's colors to make it blend in better with the background.

With the new Landscape Tab Bar setting, when you use your ‌iPhone‌ in landscape mode with Safari, you'll see a Mac-style tab bar that shows all of your open tabs, and you can swipe through them.

A downward swipe on any webpage in ‌iOS 15‌ will refresh the page, and this is an alternative to having to tap on the reload icon.

Tabs in ‌iOS 15‌ can be saved into Tab Groups, which offers a way to preserve a set of tabs you have open without having to have those tabs active.

To make a Tab Group, just open up all of the websites that you want to include, tap on the Tabs button with the down arrow, and then tap New Tab Group from [#] Tabs. You can also use this option to create a New Empty Tab Group that tabs can be added to later. Long press on any open tab (or the main address bar if you have the single tab view enabled) to add it to a Tab Group.

To load up a Tab Group, tap on the Tabs button and then tap on the name of the group in the list. All of your Tab Groups sync across your devices so you can access them on iPhones and iPads running iOS and iPadOS 15 as well as on Macs running macOS Monterey.

In ‌iOS 14‌, all of your open tabs are displayed in a card-like interface that you can swipe through, but in ‌iOS 15‌, open tabs are displayed in a grid view.

Safari is more customizable in ‌iOS 15‌, and you can edit what's available on your start page. This is a feature that has been available on macOS, but is now also available on iOS devices.

You can choose to have the start page show Favorites, Frequently Visited sites, Shared With You content, Privacy Report info, Siri Suggestions, Reading List, and iCloud Tabs.

There's an option to use the same Start Page appearance across all devices, and a toggle to upload the background image of your choice.

Safari in ‌iOS 15‌ automatically upgrades sites that are known to support HTTPS from HTTP, which is insecure.

‌iCloud‌ Private Relay is a privacy feature that makes sure all of your Safari traffic is encrypted.

As explained in our privacy guide, ‌iCloud‌ Private Relay protects your IP address and de-links it from the websites that you visit by utilizing two separate internet relays.

By having a two-step process that involves both an Apple server and a third-party server, ‌‌iCloud‌‌ Private Relay prevents anyone, including Apple, from determining a user's identity and linking it to the website the user is visiting.

With this system, Apple knows your IP address and the third-party partner knows the site you're visiting, and because the information is de-linked, neither Apple nor the partner company has a complete picture of the site you're visiting and your location, and neither does the website you're browsing. Normally websites have access to this data and combined with cookies, can use it to build a profile of your preferences.

Safari in ‌iOS 15‌ supports web extensions, with web extensions able to be downloaded and installed through the App Store. Available extensions include content blockers, VPNs, and more.

With ‌iOS 15‌, iPhones and iPads are able to use a new Live Text feature to detect text in any image, and this includes images that you find in Safari.

Shared With You, a new option available on the Safari start page, aggregates all of the links that you've been sent in the Messages app and other social networking apps that support the Shared With You feature.

Have questions about the new Safari changes in ‌iOS 15‌, know of a feature we left out, or want to offer feedback on this guide? Send us an email here.

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Conflicting Reports Create Confusion over Apple iPhone Satellite Connectivity - Via Satellite -

Via Satellite 31 August, 2021 - 06:17pm

AST SpaceMobile and Lynk Global have patents on different technology that can enable an unmodified cell phone to connect directly with a satellite. AST SpaceMobile recently became a publicly traded company and plans to launch a second demonstration satellite in March 2022. The company is working with Vodafone on the network. 

Future iPhones Could Have Satellite Capability - Great for Travelers

Running with Miles 31 August, 2021 - 12:55pm

The iPhone 13 event is just a couple of weeks away now. For all fans of Apple’s smartphone, this is always a great time of year. Even if you are not interested in upgrading, it is nice to see which features Apple is introducing for their phones. There is one that will not likely be announced this year but could be in future iPhones.

I used to use Android phones (way back in the old days of the Samsung slider phones and then the Motorola sliders) and only switched to iPhone because all my family was in the iMessage world and I had a MacBook. I say that because Android users always dislike how Apple acts like they are announcing new tech when Apple is often a generation of two behind Samsung in introducing certain kinds of tech.

But, Apple could release a new tech feature in the coming years that would be huge for travelers – but also for anyone who finds themselves in an emergency situation. There was a report that the iPhone 13 would have this tech but later reports said it would not come this year.

That technology is satellite capability. There are a couple of reasons this could be huge but it would also be limiting so let’s take a look at that.

At present, you can buy a satellite phone but they are typically clunky and subscriptions/usage is not cheap. Plus, you are only likely to carry one when you are going to be in no-man’s land. These satellite phones use LEO – low earth orbiting – satellites that allow those signals from the phones to be picked up and relayed into ground based networks.

But, there is a reason that these phones are bulky. The antennas needed for satellite capability are different than the antennas for terrestrial systems. This means that, while Apple can hide the antenna bands in their iPhone bodies, Apple would need to come up with some other kind of system to include the satellite antenna. These antennas are typically like the old time smartphones with a knobby antenna coming from the top and that is very un-Apple. I mean, a notch is about as far as Apple can push the odd-aesthetic with their fans!

The other thing is the chip. There is a Qualcomm chip that will have satellite capability onboard but the mainstream version is not ready just yet. The version that Apple is using could have satellite capability onboard as soon as this year but not have the satellite part activated.

Yet another part of this is the subscription part with the networks that have these satellites. This is typically a monthly fee and then even that is tiered based on the number of free text messages or minutes users want included. The good thing about Apple bringing this technology to iPhones is that they will be able to leverage their huge user base to make this be very cheap or free, depending on the use.

Let’s get to the use. The latest reports say that the first use case for this technology in iPhones will be that of emergency needs. Users would be able to send an emergency SMS or make a emergency phone call for things like plane crashes, etc. This early stage would not open up the satellite links for regular communications. It would be something reserved for emergencies.

Given the time we live in, this could be a huge help for Apple to bring in more users. If a satellite device is something that people would need (for example, adventurers, explorers, etc), they would have to buy a device and then pay for a subscription just to use it. If Apple is able to bring this tech onboard, these users could buy an iPhone and have one device for everything. However, these satellite devices typically have very good battery life vs an iPhone so someone out in the wild would want backup power.

For future iterations of the technology, Apple could allow it to be used when 4g/5g signals are not possible. This is the part that could be great for travelers (provided Apple opens it worldwide as the first run at it could be limited to certain countries). If you are traveling in some places of a foreign country where there is no cellular capability, having access to satellites could be a huge help and make people feel more comfortable in their travels.

Lastly, there is even some rumors that Apple is thinking about launching their own satellites. This could eventually allow Apple to control the entire experience – the hardware, the software, and the communications network. For a company like Apple, this is obviously a goal that is something they would want. They like having their control over parts of the entire system so this would just help that out.

I can’t wait for this chip to come to laptops! I use my iPad Pro with cellular capability whenever I am traveling but with the new M1 chip that provides stellar battery life combined with a body that could easily have the necessary satellite antennas inside, it would be awesome to have a satellite-connected MacBook!

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