The very first thing that most iPhone and iPad users do after opening a new tab in Safari is tap on the URL bar at the top of the interface to begin entering a new website URL or search query. With that in mind, wouldn’t it make perfect sense if the keyboard popped up automatically upon launching a new tab?
If you answered yes to that question, then I’d lean to agree with you. In fact, I find it rather odd that Apple hasn’t thought around the same lines.
Those who’d like to have this as an actual feature on their iPhone or iPad might be in luck, assuming they’re jailbroken, as a new and free jailbreak tweak dubbed SafariFastType by iOS developer P2KDev transforms it from a mere concept into a reality.
Once installed, users won’t find any options to configure for SafariFastType, but they will notice the enhanced functionality from the moment they open a new tab in the pre-installed Safari web browser. As depicted in the screenshot example above, the keyboard pops up immediately with no action required by the end user.
In my opinion, SafariFastType offers an amazingly simple feature that can boost productivity for heavy web users. It’s worth noting, however, that it won’t work in any other web browser for iOS or iPadOS.
Those interested in giving SafariFastType a shot themselves can download it for free from the Packix repository via their favorite package manager. The tweak supports jailbroken iPhones and iPads running iOS or iPadOS 13 or 14 and is open source on the developer’s GitHub page for anyone who might be interested in studying its code-centric composition.
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