The Safari Browser
Safari is the default browser for Mac systems.
Safari is also available for Windows systems.
The values below are in percentages and are extracted from our W3Schools' Statistics.
Safari 9 was released in August, 2015.
- Safari tab mute
- Pinned sites
- Airplay support
- New tool: Responsive Design Mode - use it to see how a site will look on different devices and screen resolutions
- Remapped keyboard shortcuts
- Picture in Picture Support
- CSS scroll snapping
- Backdrop filters
- ES6 enhancements - support for: classes, computed properties, weak set, number object, octal and binary literals, symbol objects, template literals
- CSS enhancements - dropping browser prefixes for over 45 CSS properties
Safari 8 was released on October 16, 2014.
Safari 8 was released with OS X Yosemite.
- WebGL support - allows developers to create 3D experiences that work by default in the browser
- IndexedDB support - allows web developers to store structured data for web applications that work online or require large amounts of data to be cached client side
- CSS Shapes and Compositing - websites can now easily flow text around images and geometry shapes, and perform image compositing operations on DOM elements
- Support for SPDY - an open networking protocol that websites can adopt to reduce page load latency and improve security
- Support for HTML5 Premium Video - websites can now use EME to deliver encrypted, energy-efficient video in the browser
- Search with DuckDuckGo
- Stronger privacy features
- Increased speed and efficiency
- Enhanced iCloud integration
- Updated design
Safari 7/6.1 was released on June 10, 2013.
Safari 7 for OS X Mavericks and Safari 6.1 (for Lion and Mountain Lion) were released along with OS X Mavericks on October 22, 2013.
- New look for Top sites and the Sidebar
- iCloud Keychain - Stores/generates random passwords for use online. Can also safely store your credit card information
- Shared Links feature - collects all the links that have been shared by people you follow in Twitter
- Power Saver feature - pauses any Plugins when they are not in use
Safari 6 was released on July 25, 2012.
Apple has stated: "Safari 6 is available for Mountain Lion and Lion. Safari 5 continues to be available for Windows."
- iCloud tabs
- Web audio API - allows you to create audio effects in interactive web applications
- Support for CSS filters
- Better HTML5 support - timed text tracks, media synchronization
- Private browsing detection
- Redesigned Web inspector
- Reader Customization
Safari 6 is integrated into the OS X Mountain Lion - It is not available for download from the Apple website or other sources.
Apple released Safari 6 via Software Update for users of OS X Lion. It has not been released for OS X versions prior to Lion or for Windows.
Safari 5 was released on June 7, 2010.
Safari 5 is available for Mac and Windows.
- Uses DNS pre-fetching to speed up page loads - Like Google's Chrome browser
- Safari Reader - gives a user the ability to read articles on the web without distraction (remove ads and all; leaves only the content of the article)
- HTML5 features - support for full-screen video and closed-captioning on HTML5 video, Geolocation, sectioning elements, draggable attribute, forms validation, Ruby, AJAX History, EventSource, and WebSockets
- Secure extensions - support secure and signed extensions that run in the browser
Older Safari Versions
Safari 4 (for Mac and Windows) - Released in June 2009.
Safari 3 (for Mac and Windows) - Released in October 2007.
Safari 2 (for Mac) - Released in April 2005.
Safari 1 (for Mac) - Released in June 2003.