macOS Mojave and iOS 12 Bring Back a Beloved Feature to Apple Safari

Favicons are coming back. 

by James Dennin

The rollout of macOS Mojave at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference already had a lot to make developers happy, including the introduction of Dark Mode, stronger privacy features, and a ramped up screenshot feature that lets you pull and edit video straight from your screen.

Less easily noticed, but already well-loved, has been the re-introduction of favicons — those little icons that help you identify the websites when your browser is loaded with multiple tabs — first reported by CultofMac’s Killian Bell. Most other web browsers, including Chrome support them already.

The feature will start to pop up after the next Safari update ships with macOS Mojave and iOS 12, meaning that favicons will be available on your iPhones and iPads as well. According to CultofMac, you’ll also be able to see them on Sierra and High Sierra as well starting in the Fall.

Favicons are already supported in Chrome. Once again, you'll be able to see them in Safari starting when you update to  macOS Mojave. 

macOS Mojave Has Been a Crowdpleaser So Far

macOS Mojave has been a hit so far. Dark mode, in particular, has long been on the wishlist of coders who spend a lot of time staring at Apple screens.

But one of the most interesting updates with the new software might be related to the company’s news product, Apple News. Originally an iOS app, the fact that Apple News and some other mobile first apps are being folded into OS shows how the need to ship code on two different operating systems may be slowly disappearing.

Apple said at the conference that the company has officially begun integrating iOS’s UIKit into parts of macOS Mojave, a process that some view as the start of what will eventually be a full integration, part of a years-long plan to strengthen its app ecosystem.

As we wrote yesterday, the more similar the apps on your phone and work computer are, the harder it’s going to be part ways with Apple for Android, or to ditch your MacBook for a P.C.

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