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    iOS’ version of Safari, known as Mobile Safari, has just been lacking so many features when compared to other mobile Web browsers or even the desktop versions. UI/UX designer Joshua Tucker has created a concept that would give Mobile Safari its own splash screen upon opening a new tab in the Web browser rather than a blank, white screen.

    In the concept, when a new tab is opened, there will be a swipeable selector row at the top of the Web browser, allowing the user to select one of five different selector icons. As one is selected, its colors will become vibrant. Those that are not selected will have their colors faded out to represent being deselected and out of focus.

    The selector icons, in order, are Top Sites, Bookmarks, Reading List, History, and iCloud sync. From your top sites, the Web sites you visit most would appear in a list. From bookmarks, every page you've bookmarked would show in the list. From reading list, any pages you've saved to read later would appear in the list. From the history, any pages you've viewed in the past would appear in the list. While from the iCloud sync selector, you would see everything that has been synced between your Safari/Mobile Safari browsers in a list.

    Should you be in Private Browsing mode, these selectors would have a darker gray/black tinge to them instead of the regular browsing mode-blue in order to match the black interface of Mobile Safari in Private Browsing mode. In Private Browsing mode, History, Favorites, Top Sites would not show anything apart from your browsing experience before toggling Private Browsing, and you would be able to clear them at any time.

    While in the discussion for making Mobile Safari better, Tucker also notes that his concept calls for a home page in Mobile Safari. It’s important to have somewhere to start when the browser opens, just as it is to have somewhere to start when you open a new tab in Mobile Safari.

    Tucker sees his concept as an opportunity to improve upon what already exists in terms of speed and efficiency:

    A concept like this could improve productivity and streamline browsing in mobile Safari. It saves time and offers customization for easier navigation to links such as your bookmarks and history. It also offers a Top Sites page, which isn't a current feature of iOS and would be quite handy to users who certain sites often beyond their favorites. There are management options within these views as well which are helpful at the point when you'd need them.
    Being that the concept puts everything in front of your face when you open a new tab, there's no reason to rummage through button menus located at the bottom of the Mobile Safari interface. It makes for a nice and innovative feel.

    Tucker has plans to try and develop this concept into a jailbreak tweak with a developer in the future, however he has not made any plans to do so just yet.

    Sources: Dribbble via Joshua Tucker
    Last edited by Anthony Bouchard; 2012-12-22 at 02:36 AM.
    2012-12-22 02:30 AM