Apple Releases Safari 5 Web Browser
While most of the Apple-centric stories on Monday concerned the debut of the worst kept secret in the technology world, the latest edition of the iPhone,
Apple also released Safari 5, the latest version of its Web browser.
The latest edition features Safari Reader for reading articles on the
Web, a 30 percent performance increase over Safari 4 (based on an iMac
3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo system running Mac OS X 10.6.3, with 4GB of
RAM) and the ability to choose Google, Yahoo or Bing as the search
Available for both Mac and Windows, Safari 5 is available for both Mac OS X and Windows as a free download. The browser also includes improved developer tools and supports more than a dozen HTML5 technologies. With Safari 5, developers can now create secure Safari Extensions to customize and the browsing experience, Apple said. Safari 5 also offers more than a dozen HTML5 features, including full screen playback and closed captions for HTML5 video. Other new HTML5 features in Safari 5 include geolocation, sectioning elements, draggable attribute, forms validation, Ruby, AJAX History, EventSource and WebSocket.
Safari 5 for Mac OS X requires Leopard 10.5.8 or Snow Leopard 10.6.2 or later. Safari 5 for Windows requires Windows XP SP2, Vista or Windows 7, a minimum 256MB of memory and a system with at least a 500 MHz Intel Pentium processor. "Safari continues to lead the pack in performance, innovation and standards support," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide product marketing. "Safari now runs on over 200 million devices worldwide and its open source WebKit engine runs on over 500 million devices."