iOS 14 Safari features

Every single iOS operating software update brings with it, new patches and upgradation to Apple’s built in apps and features. The iOS 14 update that may soon be rolled out is no exception to this trend either. The latest iOS 14 update from the tech giant, includes a host of new upgradation and additions for the Safari app. For starters, Safari now has a built in translation feature and a privacy report that lists down each of the trackers that is being blocked by Safari.

The Safari 14 for the iPhone and iPad devices include:

1. Monitoring Passwords and Alerting Compromised Passwords

After the OS update, Safari 14 will be able to keep a tab on saved passwords and also keep a lookout for passwords that have been involved in any data breaches.

iOS 14 Safari Monitoring Passwords

This system works in a very simple, secure and private manner as per Apple. Safari makes use of cryptographic techniques for regular checks for derivations of the user’s passwords against a list of breached passwords.

Users can see potential problems and issues by going to the Settings app, then heading to the passwords section and checking under ‘Security Recommendations’.

2. Translation Feature

The iOS 14 update for Safari has introduced a translation feature that can translate any website to a number of languages including English, French, Spanish, German, Russian, Brazilian Portuguese or Chinese. It goes alongside the Translate app that has been newly introduced with the iOS 14 update.

iOS 14 Safari Translation

Translating web pages are an easy procedure. All users have to do is visit the website, go to the menu bar and clicking the ‘aA’ button, which will bring up the option to translate the webpage. Apart from the ones mentioned, more languages can also be added using the device’s Settings app.

3 Enhancements in Speed and Performance

As per the company, the browser app in the iOS 14 update has a “blazing fast JavaScript engine”, which is said to make browsing experience almost 2 times faster that of Android users browsing on Google Chrome.

4. Picture in Picture

iOS 14 Safari Picture in Picture

Users can now browse the net or do something else and watch videos on your iPhone at the same time with the Picture in Picture feature! Tapping the Picture in Picture button while watching a video puts it in a window mode that allows users to do anything else on their handset and keep watching the video at the same time.

5. Privacy and Confidentiality Report

The iOS 14 and macOS Big Sur updates for Safari add a feature for privacy reports, which extends on Apple’s Smart Tracking Prevention functionality. Over the previous number of years, Apple has been working on preventing cross site tracking. For the uninitiated, cross site tracking is a feature that enables websites to keep a track on the user’s internet usage for various purposes including, but not limited to, ad targeting, analytics etc. as they browse their way across different websites.

iOS 14 Safari

Intelligent Tracking Prevention is basically Apple’s toolset that helps in blocking cross site tracking in Safari. The iOS 14 makes a list of which sites are using trackers, number of trackers the sites have installed and the most prevalent trackers users face when browsing the web. It even lists the number of trackers on any site visited, number of trackers blocked by Safari, number of websites visited having trackers, and a list of the most frequently seen trackers like Google’s DoubleClick.net.

To make use of the Privacy Report function in Safari, cross site tracking prevention has to be enabled, and the same will be prompted if not enabled and the user tries to use the Privacy Report.

6. Easier Sign in with Apple

Apple has made new developer tools that will enable developers to translate existing web accounts to securely sign in with Apple.

7. Permission to Track

iOS 14 Safari Tracking Permission

Applications that wish to follow and track users across apps and websites, will require user authorization to do so now. While there are 2 setting options provided for apps- ‘Allow Tracking’ or ‘Ask App Not to Track’, it goes hand in hand with the Privacy Report feature to prevent monitoring the user’s apps and website browsing.

8. Scribble Support for iPadOS 14

iPads with iPadOS 14 can make use of the newly added Scribble function with Safari to hand write URLs, Google searches etc. The handwritten text is then translated text and voila!

Credit: MacRumors