Flashing ads, sidebars cluttered with more ads and polls and links, pop-ups, etc. can be really annoying when you are trying to read an online article on your iPhone or iPad. Apple's Safari browser has a "Reader View" feature that does away with all the nonsense and lets you focus on the text. When you load a web page, if it is compatible with reader view, you will briefly see "Reader View Available" in the address bar, then a list icon on the left side of the bar. Just tap the icon and you'll be in reader mode.
With iOS 8 you can now re-open any tabs that you may have closed by accident in Safari (as long as you aren't in Private mode or using DuckDuckGo as your browser). All you have to do is hit the the tabs button in the bottom right corner and then tap and hold the "+" button until a list of recently closed tabs pops up.
iOS 8 allows you to scan credit cards when you need to enter credit card information while browsing in Safari. Instead of typing in your credit card number, which can be a tedious task on the iPhone, Safari will recognize that it is a credit card field and offer a "Scan Credit Card" option.
Some jailbreak tweaks are simple. Others are comprehensive in their scope, and fundamentally change stock iOS apps for the better. Canopy for iOS 7 is in the latter category, adding a plethora of new features to Safari. With many of these additions to the default Safari app, the user may wonder why Apple hasn't already included them in the stock app.
When it comes to Canopy, the iOS software team is surely looking at the work of developer Jonathan Bailey. It would not be surprising if some features from Canopy arrive in a future version of Mobile Safari. In the meantime, jailbreakers can install Canopy for iOS 7 and enjoy a more powerful version of Safari on their mobile devices.
iOS 7 brings several new features to Mobile Safari. One of the interface changes makes it possible to move forward or back through the history using gestures. A left or right swipe will navigate in this way when browsing web pages in Safari.
Some iOS 7 users would prefer to turn off the back swipe in Safari. Currently, there are no Settings options to disable the feature.