A few weeks ago we noticed that Google has started testing pre-release versions of Chrome through Apple’s TestFlight beta distribution service, and today the version in testing then has been released to everyone through the App Store. The latest version of Chrome for iOS takes advantage of Apple’s new pressure sensitive iPhone 6s displays and offers even more hardware keyboard shortcuts that will benefit iPad users.
Update to the latest version of Chrome for iOS on iPhone 6s or 6s Plus and press firmly on the Home screen icon to reveal quick access to voice search within the app as well as private browsing in incognito mode and opening a new tab for regular browsing. There’s not as much 3D Touch support as Apple’s Safari browser yet, but it’s a solid start.
Voice search also makes an appearance in the new update with a new keyboard shortcut for Bluetooth and Smart Connector hardware keyboards. Google has added additional keyboard shortcuts that make using Chrome on iOS more like using the browser on the desktop with new options for changing tabs, opening tabs, and closing tabs also included. These make working on an iPad with a connected keyboard much easier for users skilled on notebooks and desktops.
Below you can find the full list of Chrome hardware keyboard shortcuts now available on iOS (and a wider list here). You can hold the Command (⌘) key to prompt Chrome to display this shortcuts within the apps as a quick reminder, or bookmark this cheat sheet for future reference.
- ⌘ T — New Tab
- ⌘ shift N — New Incognito Tab
- ⌘ shift T — Reopened Closed Tab
- ⌘ L — Open Location…
- ⌘ W — Close Tab
- ⌘ D — Bookmark This Page…
- ⌘ F — Find in Page…
- ⌘ R — Reload
- ⌘ left arrow — Back
- ⌘ right arrow — Forward
- ⌘ Y — History
- ⌘ shift . — Voice Search
Chrome also works with iOS 9’s new Split View feature for viewing two apps side-by-side on iPads. Safari can’t view two tabs side-by-side yet, so Chrome is a free solution for users needing to reference two web pages.
The latest version of Google Chrome for iOS, version 47.0.2526.70, is available for free on the App Store for iPhone and iPad.