Safari 5 Plausible Features

By | June 6, 2010 | 19 Comments


Safari 5 Plausible FeaturesIf MacGeneration rumors are true, Apple will unveil Safari 5 web browser tomorrow at WWDC 2010.

Some key features of Safari 5 include:

  • Improved Performance: Safari 5 executes JavaScript up to 25% faster than Safari 4. Better page caching and DNS prefetching speed up browsing.
  • Improved HTML5 support: Safari supports over a dozen new HTML5 features including Geolocation, full screen for HTML5 video, closed caption for HTML5 video, new sectioning elements (article, aside footer, header, hgroup, nav and section), HTML5, AJAX History, EventSource, WebSocket, HTML 5 draggable attribute, HTML 5 forms validation, and HTML 5 Ruby.
  • Hardware Acceleration for Windows: Use the power of the computer’s graphics processor to smoothly display media and effects on PC, as well as Mac.
  • Safari Developer Tools: A new Timeline Panel in the Web Inspector shows how Safari interacts with a web site and identifies areas for optimization. New keyboard shortcuts make it aster to switch between panels.

  • Other features:

    • Safari Reader: Click on the new Reader icon to view articles on the web in a single clutter-free page.
    • Bing Search Option: New Bing search option for Safari’s Search Field, in addition to Google and Yahoo.
    • Smarter Address Field: The Smart Address Field can now match text against the titles of web pages in History and Bookmarks, as well as any part of their URL.
    • Tab Settings: Automatically open new webpages in tabs instead of in separate windows.
    • Search History with Date: A new date indicator in Full History Search shows when web pages were viewed.
    • Top Sites/History Button: Switch easily between Top Sites and Full History Search with a new button that appears at the top of each view.
    • Private Browsing Icon: A “Private” icon appears in the Smart Address Field when Private Browsing is on. Click on the icon to turn off Private Browsing.
    • DNS Prefetching: Safari looks at the addresses of links on web pages and can load those pages faster.
    • Improved Page Caching: Safari can add additional types of web pages to the cache so they load quickly.
    • XSS Auditor: Safari can filter potentially malicious scripts used in cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks.
    • Improved JavaScript Support: Safari allows web applications that use JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) to run faster and more securely.

    Tomorrow looks exciting.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZS0hBHVUlc max1c

    Bing Search Option: New Bing search option for Safari’s Search Field, in addition to Google and Yahoo.
    Smarter Address Field: The Smart Address Field can now match text against the titles of web pages in History and Bookmarks, as well as any part of their URL.
    Tab Settings: Automatically open new webpages in tabs instead of in separate windows.
    Search History with Date: A new date indicator in Full History Search shows when web pages were viewed.
    Top Sites/History Button: Switch easily between Top Sites and Full History Search with a new button that appears at the top of each view.
    Private Browsing Icon: A “Private” icon appears in the Smart Address Field when Private Browsing is on. Click on the icon to turn off Private Browsing.
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    Wow Safari 5 ahead of time looks into the future with all these features.

  • Tiago Sá

    “Safari Reader”

    What exactly is this? A Feed reader? A Google-reader-like in-browser application? If it’s the former, didn’t they already have it? If it’s the later, gosh, the things they waste money on just to bloat their software. Firefox 4 will have pinned tabs (like Chrome’s, or like FaviconizeTab’s long before Chrome), and it will let you remove the toolbars on them, so you can use sites like in-browser applications. That will work great for email and feed readers… No need wasting resources developing in-browser readers, to be honest.
     
    “Smarter Address Field”
    Nice! Like Firefox! This is good news :)
     
    “XSS Auditor”
    IE9 will have this too. It’s nice. Of course I’ve had this in Firefox for years thanks to NoScript.

  • http://www.multibrowserviewer.com/blog BrowserViewer

    Firefox 4 vs Safari 5 vs IE9 vs Chrome 5 vs Opera 11 – going to be a great browser battle! At this stage I still prefer Chrome to the alternatives for its speed and simplicity.

    • http://www.sumake.eu narzędzia pneumatyczne

      When Opera turns to version 11, Chrome already will be at 6 (without much changes though) :P

    • Ichann

      I am personally excited about FF. Although I really hate it.
       
      FF4 looks promising.

    • GM

      LOL when Opera turns 11 chrome will be at 8. The next version of Opera after 10.70 should probably be 10.8

  • ON

    Not too impressed.
    Tab Settings - nice innovation LOL
    Smarter Address Field - just like in Opera?
    Bing Search Option – it’s now a feature?
    Ok, maybe I’m too ironic
     

  • Crackerflack

    “Safari supports over a dozen new HTML5 features including Geolocation”
     
    GEOLOCATION. IS. NOT. HTML5.

    • Tiago Sá

      Hum, yes it is. Developed and introduced by Mozilla, and is a standard now:
       
      http://dev.w3.org/geo/api/spec-source.html

      • Geek

        What standard? :) “Latest Editor’s Draft”. From when drafts became standards?

        • Tiago Sá

          You’re right, I’m very sorry. Here’s the correct link:
           
          http://www.w3.org/TR/geolocation-API/
           
          As you can see, it’s been a year since it was defined as a standard.

        • Tiago Sá

          No, that’s a draft too! How weird… Must be because everything that is HTML5 is still a draft? Probably… I wouldn’t expect geolocation to be any different.

      • nvm

        You may notice, Tiago Sá, that Geolocation is not part of the HTML5 specification. Crackie is right.
         
        Can you find Geolocation anywhere on this page?

      • nvm

        Also, if it was developed and introduced by Mozilla, why is the Geolocation editor a Google guy?

        • Tiago Sá

          I have no idea and I couldn’t care less. Geolocation was present in Firefox 3.5, while it was still not a standard (and apparently it isn’t yet? I don’t know anymore), and the only other browser that uses it (that I know of) is Google Chrome 5. That should tell you something.

          • Crackerflack

            What should that tell him?

            No one denied that it’s a standard/being standardized. I pointed out that IT. IS. NOT. HTML5.

            You seem to suffer from the delusion that “HTML5″ is an umbrella term that covers anything and everything even remotely connected to web standards. It isn’t. It’s just one of many standards relevant to the web.

             
            Geolocation is not HTML5. CSS3 is not HTML5. And so on.
            And so what if Geolocation was in Firefox 3.5?

  • chujki małe dwa

    Nothing special, maybe except hardware acceleration – I wonder which browser will be first to release stable version with that feature.

  • max1c

    Safari 5 is out http://www.apple.com/safari/

  • Annoyed Web Developer

    I am generally not impressed in Safari5′s implementation of input type=date. see http://www.456bereastreet.com/lab/html5-input-types/.  Opera did a really user friendly version that encouraged web developers to use it. I developed webpages that tested for this and used it when available (so when other browsers implemented it I could use ‘native’ date pickers) otherwise utilising a javascript version. Safari version is the least user friendly version I have ever seen. How a user is expected to know to enter a date time as YYYY-MM-DDTHH:MMZ is beyond me. I hope there is a patch soon.