iOS 7: Safari with iCloud Keychain, Unified Smart Search Field

Everything is bigger and better arranged in the new Safari for iOS

Personally, I find the iOS 7 Safari icon a bit daft, but I’m no expert in design either. What I do like in the new Safari is everything else it’s got to offer in the upcoming iOS 7.

Apple’s new mobile Safari promises to make browsing bigger, better, and more beautiful thanks to a range of enhancements both inside and out.

Buttons and bars now stay hidden until you scroll to reveal them, and there’s a unified smart search field in there which now puts text in the middle as you type it.

Swipe and go back or forward a page, and when you type a URL or search term in the unified smart search field, Safari automatically suggests the closest match, just like modern desktop browsers.

The new tab view lets you see your open web pages in a vertical reel, which you can scroll up and down for easy picking of just the right page you’re looking for.

In the Shared Links section you can see all the URLs in your Twitter timeline, complete with the chatter that they spawned, as well as Bookmarks and Reading List.

Last, but certainly not least, iCloud Keychain keeps all your account names, passwords, and credit card numbers for you in a safe spot for easy using whenever you need to log into a site, or make a transaction online.

“And Safari can enter them automatically whenever you need to sign in to a site or shop online. It works on all your iOS 7 devices and your Mac computers running OS X Mavericks. And with 256-bit AES encryption, it’s highly secure,” Apple says.

iCloud Keychain even comes with a handy Password Generator which creates a unique, hard-to-guess password (and remembers it for you) whenever you create a new account on a site or service.


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