Shocking (Basic) UX mistake of Apple —Daily thought
I don’t know if you are like me, but I am sure that at least one of your friends/ colleagues/ family members would be like me. We are those people who would open a lot of tabs when we browse through articles online.
I spend quite a lot of time reading off the phone when I can commuting. I found it super annoying and counterintuitive that whenever I click “Open in a New Tab”, I would be redirected to the new tab.
After some googling, I found that indeed, there is a way to open a new tab at the back by selecting “open in background in your browser setting. But, seriously, who how many people would think that there is an “Open in background option”, and how many people would actually prefer the “open in new tab” behaviour over the “open in background” behaviour?
The “open in new tab” design is just a failure (in my humble opinion) as the description is just not matching the users’ intent, experience / habit (think web browser), and Apple had made the decision to make a very likely to be minority preference the “default” (and worse, to give it a confusing name).
I hope that one day, someone would really change this design. If you have the same problem as I do, you can change the settings by going to Settings > Safari > Open Links and select “Open in Background”.