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Apple's Safari on iPhone, iPad is getting extensions so you can customize your browser


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Apple's Safari has beatenGoogle's Chrome to the punch with extensions that customize your browser on smartphones and tablets. The software add-ons will be available in Apple's upcoming iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 operating systems, which are expected to arrive this fall.

Extensions expand browser capabilities, allowing them to block ads and prevent online tracking, for example. Others fill in passwords, translate text, spruce up Wikipedia and track down original photos online. Extensions are already available for the Mac version of Safari.

The Cupertino, California-based tech giant announced the expansion of its extension technology earlier this week at WWDC, its annual developers conference. Apple has been testing mobile Safari extensions with three developers: Grammarly, a grammar checker; Honey, a coupon finder; and Momentum, a tab manager.

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