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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.

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