Safari might get some cool new features on iOS


(Pocket Ribbon) – It looks like Apple’s Safari browser on iOS is getting some nice new features, detected thanks to changes to the code in WebKit, the browser engine that makes it work behind the scenes.

9to5Mac spotted those code changes include a new potential option to let users “override the system color scheme with a preference per website”.

That sounds a lot like you can set a custom preference for your most visited sites to always use dark mode or light mode, regardless of the time of day or what your wider system is displaying.

When it comes in, it’s a welcome change, as some websites offer dark or light modes that you might not like to use.

Another apparent tweak will affect how pop-up ads can work in the browser, limiting their ability to use system-level modal pop-ups that resemble iOS alerts.

Again, while they’re not too common, these types of ads can be deceptive and annoying, so we’re happy to hear that Apple will continue to roll them out with updates.

None of the changes 9to5Mac has noticed will, of course, be guaranteed for live users, but you’d assume Apple is at least testing them with the intention of releasing them later.


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Written by Max Freeman-Mills.

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