Safari is undoubtedly the fastest browser on iOS 7.x, irrespective of what iPhone or iPad you use. The fact that it's the native/stock app helps. It tries to capture more of the features of its parent app, Safari for Mac. One of them being opening a new tab.
In keeping with the custom: this is a quick tip for new users of iPhone and iPad. New users who are just getting used to the iOS 7.x ecosystem. Feel free to skip this if you're well-versed with it already.
Safari for desktops lets you open links in a new tab. You can do this by clicking the link with the Command (or Control) button pressed. This will open the link in a new tab in the same window.
You can do the same thing on an iPhone or an iPad too. If you want to open a link in a new tab, this is what you need to do:
- Tap and hold on the link.
- An options sheet shows up. Tap on Open in New Page
- The new link will open in a new tab.
On the iPhone, you will be switched to the new tab automatically.
On the iPad, however, the behavior is better. The new tab opens the link but you're not switched to the new tab automatically. This helps because you can continue reading/viewing the current webpage without being disturbed by the new tab.
If you want to open tabs in the background on iPhone too, here's how to do that:
- Open Settings
- Scroll down and tap on Safari
- Tap on Open Links
- Select In Background
Now, when you tap and hold on a link, you get the Open in Background option. Tap and the link will be opened silently, without disturbing your current reading/viewing.