Apple introduced a completely redesigned version of Safari this year with iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS Monterey. However, some users did not like this new design, which led people to discover a trick to revert to the old look of Safari. Unfortunately, this no longer works in macOS Monterey beta 2.
Safari’s new design unifies the navigation bar with the website layout, which now follows the background color. It also brings a more minimalistic look to the tabs, which now also function as an address bar. At the same time, buttons like refresh page and bookmark were hidden from the main interface.
Since the beta release, several users have complained about the changes to Safari. While nothing can be done on iOS, a developer figured out how to restore the old Safari design on macOS. The sad news is that this method did not last long.
With macOS Monterey beta 2, which was released earlier today for developers, users can no longer revert to the old Safari 15 design. The only thing Apple allows users to do is turn off colors. in the navigation bar, but there is no way to use the old tab system. However, that doesn’t mean Apple isn’t listening to beta testers’ feedback.
As we mentioned in our “What’s new in macOS Monterey beta 2” article, Apple has added a refresh page button to the Safari 15 address bar. It’s not always visible, but the icon appears when you hover the cursor over the address bar. The company did something similar in iPadOS 15 beta 2 when you have a mouse or trackpad connected to the iPad.
More changes are likely to come in future beta releases, as macOS Monterey isn’t expected to release until this fall, but that also suggests that most of Safari’s new design is here to stay.
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