Apple Safari 4

By | June 11, 2008 | 4 Comments

Safari 4Yes, Safari 4 (5526.11.2) developers preview was released by Apple some time ago and it looks promising. Because of the SquirrelFish (WebKit’s core JavaScript engine) on which they’re working, Safari 4 is 1.6 times faster than their previous interpreter. As Apple notes:

“Snow Leopard also includes Safari,” … “with the fastest implementation of JavaScript ever, increasing performance by 53 percent.”

Here are SunSpider benchmark results:

Safari 4
More is better (SunSpider runs per minute).

Among JavaScript improvements, Safari 4 also features:

Overhauled web inspector
Ability to save websites as a desktop application

Safari 4

Full page zoom
CSS animation, gradients, masks, reflections and transform support.
More options for new windows and tabs

Safari 4

Also, it passes Acid 3 test. More Safari 4 features should be revealed within the upcoming releases.

You can try Safari 4 yourself, if you are a registered developer.


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Vygantas is a former web designer whose projects are used by companies such as AMD, NVIDIA and departed Westood Studios. Being passionate about software, Vygantas began his journalism career back in 2007 when he founded FavBrowser.com. Having said that, he is also an adrenaline junkie who enjoys good books, fitness activities and Forex trading.

  • Exec

    “CSS3 animation, gradients, masks, reflections and transform support.”
    Since when is that part of the CSS3 spec?

  • http://www.favbrowser.com Vygantas Lipskas

    Fixed that Exec, thank you.

  • ikebana

    The speed is great , but it should be free of other problems like security etc that the previous version had . I will download this version as soon as possible.

  • Aquila

    First vulnerability found in Apple Safari 4 – NULL pointer denial of service:
    http://www.rec-sec.com/2009/02/25/apple-safari-4-vulnerabilities/