Safari in iOS 15 will receive support for full extensions as in macOS

The iOS 15 presentation was perhaps the most boring I’ve ever seen, and I’ve watched quite a few. Apple employees spent an hour talking about the innovations of the mobile OS, the story of which could fit in half an hour, or even less. They talked in too much detail about what was absolutely not required. Therefore, at about the 40th minute, it became clear that there was practically nothing to surprise users, and the presenters were deliberately playing for time. However, as it turned out, not everything was said at the event.

Safari in iOS 15 will receive extension support. This time for real

It turns out that with the release of iOS 15, the mobile version of Safari for iPhone and iPad will have support for extensions, just like on the Mac. This became known after the presentation, during further discussion of the update with WWDC 2021 participants. Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software, said that now developers will be able to create cross-platform extensions for Safari that will work the same as on mobile and desktop devices of the company.

Are there Safari extensions on iPhone

Extensions are needed for more than just blocking ads

Despite the fact that the mobile version of Safari had support for some kind of extensions before, it was still impossible to consider them as full-fledged extensions. The fact is that their functionality for the most part was limited only to ad blocking, but perhaps to automatic text translation. And the extensions for the iOS version of Safari did not have other, more advanced features. But with the release of iOS 15, these restrictions will be a thing of the past.

It may seem that there are no other extensions besides ad blockers and translators. But this is a big mistake. There are a lot of extensions that make the functionality of the browser wider and its use more comfortable. For example, password managers, solutions for automatic spell checking and creating links to specific fragments of pages, or, say, quickly saving files to the cloud, are worth it. Moreover, I listed only those extensions that came into my head right now, but in fact there are much more of them.

Safari extensions for iOS and macOS

Extensions in iOS and macOS will be universal

It’s really cool that Apple decided to make Safari extensions cross-platform. That is, they will work equally well on the iPhone, iPad, and Mac. This, firstly, will facilitate the work of developers, who will have to create one version of the extension that is compatible with all Apple devices at once. And, secondly, it will make life easier for users, because they can use browsers more efficiently on all their devices without having to look for an alternative on one platform or another.

But this is not the most important thing. It turns out that Apple has teamed up with Mozilla, Microsoft and Google to jointly improve extensions. Companies plan to make this type of software itself more useful and functional. There are also rumors that, perhaps, in the future, extensions for different browsers will be transferred to a common platform, making them universal. That is, Safari users will be able to install extensions for Chrome and Firefox, and vice versa. After all, it often happens that the necessary extensions are not available, and you have to change the browser.


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