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Apple releases Safari 15.1 for macOS Big Sur and macOS Catalina

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

What you need to know

  • Apple has released Safari 15.1 for users of macOS Big Sur and macOS Catalina..
  • The update brings back the old Safari tab design.
  • Mac users on macOS Monterey 12.0.1 already have the latest version of the browser.

Apple has officially released Safari 15.1 to Mac users running macOS Big Sur and macOS Catalina.

The latest update, which brings some usual bug fixes and performance improvements to the browser, also brings back a much-requested feature that was missing with Safari 15: old-school browser tabs!

When Apple originally released Safari 15 to macOS Big Sur and macOS Catalina users, everyone was both cautious and optimistic about its new tab redesign. Over the course of the developer and public beta periods, the company listened to a lot of customer feedback and implemented some notable changes to make the experience better.

While the general consensus agreed that the new Compact design could be beneficial to some users, many users complained that the old tab design was more user-friendly. Users were not happy that Apple took the option away to use a more traditional version of tabs in the latest version of Safari.

Thankfully, with Safari 15.1, Apple has brought back its traditional tab design for those who want to use it. Now, users can change between the Compact design and the Separate tab design when using tabs in the latest version of Safari.

If you've been wanting the old tab design as an option but are still running Safari 15 on macOS Big Sur and macOS Catalina, now is the time to update! Users running macOS Monterey 12.0.1 already have the Separate tab design as an option.

Joe Wituschek
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.