Top 5 hidden features in iOS Safari 8




Mobile Safari as old as smartphones iPhone. Updating the operating system iOS browser 8 brought several new features that make mobile surfing the Internet more convenient and comfortable. We bring you the five most important innovations of the browser Safari, which can assess the owners of iPhone and iPad.


Described further innovations, of course, do not carry a revolution in the field of web surfing, but greatly expand the Safari. But first things first.
Desktop version of websites

If used to open on the iPhone and iPad full versions of sites was not possible, but now Safari lets you easily choose between the mobile and desktop variations. This option is very useful when visiting the resources on which is enabled by default mobile version, even in the case of web browsing on the iPhone 6 Plus or iPad.

To select the desired option to view the page, tap the browser address bar and make a swipe down from the menu. You will receive the link “Add to Favorites” and “Full version”. Click on the last and you’ll get a resource in the form of a standard PC.

Scan credit card numbers

In iOS Safari 8 can detect the field for numeric entry on Internet sites. You will be prompted to include a scanning mode “Scan credit card.” Clicking on this button activates the scanner: the screen displays an image with the iPhone camera and the field that you want to combine with a bank card. Safari recognizes symbols and automatically enters the information into the text boxes on the site.


Similarly, the function works automatically enter the code iTunes Gift Cards for purchase applications and music from iTunes. Feature, designed to simplify work with gift certificates Apple, first appeared on Windows and Mac computers in iTunes 11, and then made her debut in iOS 7.
Anonymous search through DuckDuckGo

Popular anonymous search engine DuckDuckGo has become one of the standard in the new Safari. It’s no secret that before you type in the address bar of your browser of any query, the user opens one of the standard search engines – Google, Yandex, Yahoo, or Bing. Now to this list, and Apple has added DuckDuckGo.


DuckDuckGo is open source. The policy of this service is emphasizing the confidentiality of user data, the failure to record and store any user information and tracking users. In addition, the search engine uses the so-called “bubble filters” and honestly shows all available information. The creators of DuckDuckGo positioning service as a convenient alternative to the “all-seeing eye of Google».
Subscribe to RSS

Safari in iOS 8 got the opportunity to subscribe to RSS-feed. Users can be added to the relevant section of any interesting web resource, and then play the content without visiting individual sites, but only looking at the overall news feed.

To connect interesting resource, you need to tap on the symbol of an open book on the left of the address bar, and in the window that opens – @ icon. After that, find the subscribe button at the bottom, and then -> “Add this website”.

Log in applications through the AutoComplete

Apple solved the problem of remembering multiple passwords. Safari itself stores account settings for each visit to the resource. This feature is configured in Settings -> Safari -> Passwords and AutoComplete.

But in iOS 8 Apple has gone further and allowed to use the account settings stored in your keychain for authentication in mobile applications. Log in programs can take literally one click required to confirm compliance with user accounts.


For example, if you have previously logged in VKontakte, Facebook or Instagram through the browser, downloading the client from the App Store, you do not need to re-enter your username and password to the service. The app will automatically, like AutoComplete, “catch” the data from the keychain, select the account to offer, if there are several, and confirm the authorization in the program.

This technology does not work automatically, but requires application developers minimal effort.

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