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iOS 8 changes we'd like to see: Safari

Dan Frakes | May 26, 2014
Though the mobile version of Safari has improveddramatically over the past couple versions of iOS, we use it so frequently that its flaws, however minor, stand out.

Improve saved-password management

Safari's auto-fill feature, and the capability to sync saved passwords across devices using iCloud Keychain, makes it easier to stay secure online. But managing saved passwords is a different story. If you go to Settings > Safari > Passwords & Autofill > Saved Passwords, you can see a list of sites for which you've saved passwords, but it's just one looong list. And even if you find a particular saved password in the list, you can't do much with it, other than delete it or (once you've provided your device passcode) view the saved data.

We'd like to be able to search the list of saved passwords and, even better, edit an entry if a username or password changes.

Pick a browser. Any browser.

As good as Mobile Safari is, some people just don't like it. Or they use Chrome on the desktop and want to sync bookmarks with their iOS browser, so they also use Chrome for iOS. You're free to use a third-party browser on the iPhone and iPad, but doing so requires some extra work and more than a little inconvenience: Browser links always open in Safari, regardless of your personal browser preference.

As we mentioned in our Mail wish list, we'd like to see Apple open up a bit and let users choose their own default browser, with Web links and other browser actions automatically opening in that browser — even if it's not Safari.

Desktop or mobile? Let us choose

More and more websites are embracing "responsive design," which means — for the purposes of this item — that a site will serve you a different webpage depending on whether you're browsing on a desktop computer, a tablet, or a phone. The thing is, sometimes the mobile version of a website stinks, or it's missing options you get when using your MacBook.

We'd like an option to decide how Mobile Safari identifies itself to servers so, for example, we can force Amazon to serve us the desktop version of its website.

Allow shared Reading List lists

Safari's Reading List feature is a convenient way to save pages for later reading — for example, when you come across a long article, when browsing on your iPhone, that you'd prefer to read on your iPad's more-spacious screen. But these days, it seems everything's about sharing, and we think it would be great to be able to share lists of interesting articles with your friends and family. We'd still want the standard list for our own "read later" articles, but just as you can create shared Photo Streams of photos, it seems the logical next step for Reading List is to able to create shared, publicly (or privately) accessible Reading Lists.

 

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