29 Facts About Apple Safari


Apple Safari was introduced within Mac OS X Panther in January 2003, and as of 2021, has progressed through fifteen major versions.

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In May 2022, Apple Safari became the third most popular desktop browser after being overtaken by Microsoft's Edge.

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Apple Safari released the first beta version exclusively on Mac OS X the same day.

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Apple Safari touted this version as it was capable of running a 1.

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In June 2005 in efforts of KHTML criticisms over the lack of access to change logs, Apple Safari moved the development source code and bug tracking of WebCore and JavaScriptCore to OpenDarwin.

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Apple Safari ran a benchmark based on the iBench browser test suite comparing the most popular Windows browsers to the browser, and claimed that Safari had the fastest performance.

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Apple Safari's claim was later examined by a third-party site called Web Performance over HTTP load times.

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Apple Safari 4 relied on Cover Flow to run the History and Bookmarks, and it featured Speculative Loading that automatically pre-loaded document information that is required to visit a particular website.

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The desktop version of Apple Safari 4 included a redesign similar to that of the iPhone.

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The fifth major version of Apple Safari added supports for Full-text search, and a new search engine, Bing.

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Apple Safari 5 supported Reader, which displays web pages in a continuous view, without advertisements.

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Apple Safari 5 supported a smarter address field and DNS prefetching that automatically found links and looked up addresses on the web.

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Apple Safari 6 had the Share Sheets capability in OS X Mountain Lion.

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The sixth major version of Apple Safari, it added options to allow pages to be shared with other users via email, Messages, Twitter, and Facebook, as well as making some minor performance improvements.

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Apple Safari 7 was announced at WWDC 2013, and it brought a number of JavaScript performance improvements.

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Apple Safari 8 was announced at WWDC 2014 and was released within OS X Yosemite.

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Apple Safari 9 was announced in WWDC 2015 and was released within OS X El Capitan.

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Apple Safari 10 includes several security updates, including fixes for six WebKit vulnerabilities and issues related to Reader and Tabs.

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Apple Safari 11 included several new features such as Intelligent Tracking Prevention which aimed to prevent cross-site tracking by placing limitations on cookies and other website data.

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Apple Safari 12 included several new features such as Icons in tabs, Automatic Strong Passwords, and Intelligent Tracking Prevention 2.

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Apple Safari 14 introduced new privacy features, including Privacy Report, which shows blocked content and privacy information on web pages.

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Apple Safari 14 introduced partial support for the WebExtension API used in Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Firefox, and Opera, making it easier for developers to port their extensions from those web browsers to Apple Safari.

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Apple Safari 16 added support for non-animated AVIF and contains quite a few bug fixes and feature polish.

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Apple Safari Developer Program was a program dedicated to in-browser extension and HTML developers.

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Apple Safari had released some additional codes under the open source 2-clause BSD-like license.

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Apple Safari defined "personal" does not cover "unique device identifiers" such as serial number, cookie number, or IP address, so the uses of these were permitted by law.

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In September 2017 Apple announced that it will use artificial intelligence to reduce the ability of advertisers to track Safari users as they browse the web.

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In 2015, Apple Safari became the second most-used web browser worldwide after Google Chrome, and had a market share of 13.

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In May 2022, according to StatCounter, Apple's Safari dropped to the third most popular desktop browser after being overtaken by Microsoft's Edge.

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