I’m using an iPhone 6, running IOS 9.2. When I’m browsing a page like a news site or a forum, with a number of links or stories or threads on one page, my default behaviour is to work my way through the page opening any interesting-looking links in a new tab as I go. Then I start reading the tabs one at a time. I’ve done this as long as tabbed browsing has been a thing, and it’s pretty ingrained by now.
Safari on the iPhone is interrupting this workflow pretty badly. Pressing and holding a link, and selecting “open in new tab” does so, but also switches to the new tab as well, removing focus from the page I was viewing.
This is annoying. It sounds trivial, but when I’m opening lots of new tabs, the constant tab-switching becomes a real flow killer. I’ve been through the settings for Safari and Googled a bit, but I haven’t seen any option to configure Safari to open new tabs “quietly” in the background. Am I missing something, or is there a setting I’ve missed? I’m pretty sure that Safari on my iPad doesn’t do this - it opens the tab in the background without interrupting me. (I’m not sure what version of IOS the iPad is running as I don’t have it to hand).
If it’s not possible to open tabs in the background on iPhone, does anyone have recommendations for alternative browsers on IOS that can?