In the third developer beta of macOS Monterey, which came out this morning, Apple overhauled the design of Safari, making the tab bar more like the current tab bar in macOS Big Sur.
The earlier Safari design did away with the special URL and search interface, instead allowing each individual tab to be used for navigation input. Tabs were also all arranged at the top of the screen to minimize the space at the top of a Safari window.
In macOS Monterey, Apple has reversed this. There is a special URL/search bar at the top of the Safari window, with the tabs below it. Clicking a tab makes it the active window and makes it easier to drag tabs to rearrange them or open them in a new window.
It’s still quite a long way from the current Safari design in OSmacOS Big Sur, but it’s certainly an improvement over the original macOS Monterey design.
The new and separate tab bar is enabled by default when upgrading to “macOS Monterey” beta three, but Apple has added an option to revert to the original Monterey design. If you go to View and uncheck ‘Show separate tab bar’, you can use the original design.
macOS Monterey beta 3 also seems to lay the groundwork for Universal Control. Under System Preferences -> Displays -> Add Display -> Advanced, there are now preferences that can be selected for the Universal Control feature.
Unfortunately, Universal Control is not functional and we will have to wait for a later beta to experience a working version.