Mac lovers are in upgrade heaven. macOS Catalina is on the streets and with it comes a host of new features. One app most Mac users indulge in is Safari, the second most popular browser on planet earth.
Yes, Safari, as with macOS Catalina and other built-in apps, comes with new features, some polished features, and some features we want that remain MIA; missing in action.
What do I like?
Tab Switching – Safari on Catalina makes it easier and more obvious to switch tabs; especially if you have the same website open in multiple tabs.
Start Page – My Safari life is more bookmarks than Sidebar or Favorites, but the Start Page handles more favorites, frequently visited sites, and even Siri Suggestions.
PiP – Picture in Picture. You’ve seen it on TV, on DVRs, now in tvOS 13, but also in Safari. Got a video? Pop it out and watch it by itself while you browse.
Move Windows – I’m not sure this is all that worthy, but in the Window menu there are options to Tile Window to Left and Tile Window to Right. It’s an odd split window-like feature, but OK.
Apple continues to walk a fine line between kowtowing to Google– and reaping billions in profits– and feigning it has a real interest in user privacy. Safari has a few more privacy and security features, but there’s no toggle switch to stop all trackers or ads, and no toggle switch to use a different search engine.
Yes, Google remains the default search engine on Safari Catalina, too, but there just isn’t an easy way to avoid online ad trackers and their ilk. Even the more private, much faster, and highly secure Firefox doesn’t have a simple toggle switch to turn on and off.
How hard can that be?
If someone is paying you a few billion dollars to coddle up with Google, it can be downright difficult.