Extensions to make Safari even better [Awesome Apps of the Week]

iOS and iPadOS 15 have been out for a few weeks now, and like most newer versions of iOS, they’re launching plenty of new apps to take advantage of the latest features. This week we are talking about the iOS and iPadOS Safari extensions.

Safari Extensions for iOS and iPadOS

Extensions allow third-party applications to improve or supplement your browsing experience. This week, we’re featuring a few that are absolutely awesome that you should check out.

Over-amplified

Overamped ditches those buggy, boring AMP experiences for a full website experience.
Screenshots: Ian Fuchs / Cult of Mac

Remember when Google was going to make the web more accessible and useful by introducing AMP? I do, and have been angry ever since. With Overamped, you can finally throw AMP pages to the curb and enjoy the web the way the site builders intended.

For those who are not familiar, AMP is a way for websites to deliver their site content in a lightweight, quick-to-load format specifically for Google to display on mobile devices. And while many sites have taken advantage of AMP because it helps them rank higher in Google search, the end-user experience is almost always junk.

Overamped is a super basic extension that simply retrieves the original URL of websites and blog posts and ensures that when you click on links in Google results, you are going to the site URL and not the Google AMP page. This means that images and media are working as expected, scrolling behaves correctly, and when you copy the link to share, you are sharing the real deal. Best of all, it works invisibly behind the scenes, giving you the best experience without any work.

Price: $ 1.99

Download from: App Store

Achoo HTML Viewer and Inspector

Achoo for iOS
If you’ve ever wanted to view a website’s source on your iOS device, Achoo makes it delightfully simple.
Screenshot: Ian Fuchs / Cult of Mac

It might be a very specialized plugin, but it’s one I’m incredibly excited for because it takes something that was painful on iOS and makes it a bit easier. Achoo is an html source viewer and editor that allows you to both view the source code of a webpage on your iPhone or iPad, and also edit elements on the page.

If you’ve done any kind of web development or design before, you’ve probably used developer tools in Safari or Chrome to see the html structure of a webpage, or to make a small change to see what might look something. Now you can bring some of that experience to iOS and iPadOS as well.

Whether you’re just curious about how a page is created or want to dig a little deeper to see what’s behind a boring pop-up, Achoo could prove to be extremely useful.

Price: 99 cents

Download from: App Store

Black – Dark mode for Safari

Black for iOS
The Black extension gives websites without a dark mode the blackout treatment.
Screenshots: Ian Fuchs / Cult of Mac

Did you wake up in the middle of the night to google some obscure fact you saw on TikTok, only to burn your retinas with the blinding white light of the search results page? If this has been you before, you should check out Noir.

Black is another incredibly simple extension that allows websites that don’t natively offer dark mode to have dark mode. Whether it’s a search on Google, Wikipedia, or your favorite Apple blog, Noir can turn those crisp white web pages into something more night-friendly. Black also allows site-by-site settings, giving you the flexibility to turn dark mode on or off for a given page if things don’t work out as expected.

Whether you’re always using your device in dark mode or just trying to quietly read up on freshwater eels and the Bermuda Triangle, Black can be an extremely handy extension.

Price: $ 2.99

Download from: App Store

1 Password

1Password extension on iPadOS 15
1Password for iOS and iPadOS now offers the same full extension as their desktop app.
Screenshot: Ian Fuchs / Cult of Mac

Suppose, hypothetically, that you are not using Dashlane, the official password manager of Mac Cult – and instead always used 1Password. Did you know that this is one of the first (if not the first) password manager apps to support an iOS and iPadOS Safari extension?

Designed to match their desktop browser extension, the 1Password extension on iPhone and iPad gives you full access to your 1Password vault right in your browser. Now, in addition to using 1Password to quickly enter a username or password, you can also use it to more easily generate new passwords on the go. It also means that you can stop loading 1Password in slide or split view to switch between your browser and password manager.

While it’s only a matter of time before other password managers follow suit, 1Password subscribers can take advantage of Safari Extensions now on iOS 15.

Price: Free (requires subscription after 14 day free trial)

Download from: App Store

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