Apple releases new Safari 15.1 beta with relocated Favorites bar

Macos Big Sur Preview Safari Hero
Macos Big Sur Preview Safari Hero (Image credit: Rene Ritchie)

What you need to know

  • Apple has released a new beta of Safari 15.1.
  • The new beta is available to developers using macOS Big Sur and macOS Catalina.
  • It relocates the Favorites bar above your open tabs.

Apple is still trying to improve the new Safari instead of going back to the old one.

As reported by MacRumors, Apple has released a new beta of Safari 15.1 for macOS Big Sur and macOS Catalina. The new beta moves the Favorites bar above your open tabs, a move that continues the company's backtracking after implementing radical design changes with the latest generation of its browser.

Apple today seeded a new beta of Safari 15.1 for macOS Big Sur and macOS Catalina, allowing developers to test the new Safari update ahead of its launch. Safari 15.1 is also the version of Safari that's available in the macOS Monterey beta.In yesterday's macOS Monterey release, Apple tweaked the design of the Favorites bar, moving it back up above the Tab bar where it was before Safari changes were implemented with the macOS Monterey update and the Safari 15 release. Safari 15.1 includes the same tweak to the Favorites bar.

This change is just the latest in a series of moves from Apple to roll back changes it made with the new Safari. Since Apple debuted its new browser it has received very mixed reviews from users, leading the company to give users that option to make changes that resemble the old generation of Safari.

The company has not, as some have argued, completely reverted to the old Safari design. It's still unknown when macOS Monterey will launch to the public so Apple still has time to make additional tweaks to its browser before it comes to everyone.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.