Safari 5.0.5 vs 5.1.7

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by tpth, Feb 13, 2013.

  1. macrumors member

    Oct 4, 2007
    Hey all, I'm running Safari 5.0.5 on OS X 10.6.8 - early 2011 MacBook Pro, 8GB RAM, SSD, etc. I upgraded to Safari 5.1 when it was released, but the whole experience was so horrible - slow performance, inactive tabs unilaterally refreshing themselves, etc - that I downgraded.

    So, a question: is 5.1.7 any better in this respect, or am I better off staying with 5.0.5? Clearly 5.0.5 is old and not getting security updates, and I'd prefer to be running an up-to-date browser, but not if the user experience is awful. Thoughts appreciated.
  2. macrumors regular

    Sep 24, 2011
    I think 5.1.7 is as stable as Safari has ever been.

    What you could do if you are unhappy with it, is download the 10.6.8 combo update, which does not install 5.1.7 (last I checked). I would suggest you research that a bit, but that would be a quick way to back out of 5.1.7 if you are unhappy. (I don't think you will get 5.0.5 with the combo update fyi)
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 11, 2004
    Essex, U.K.
    Safari 5.0.5 is one of the many reasons i'm still using Snow Leopard, mainly for the ability to properly manage cookies and much better performance than later versions.

    A good tip though is to turn off the "fraudulent website warning" option as it causes constant disk activity as it checks every page you visit against a blacklist which slows it down a lot.
  4. macrumors 65816


    Feb 11, 2010
    I'm committed to Lion and ML now, so, no going back. But, the last couple of Safari releases have been much worse. Constant crashing and very slow, if you use a lot of tabs. And, the "Safari Web Content" process uses a huge amount of memory.

    I think the constant crashing is probably a result of pre-existing bugs colliding with the new security constraints. But, it is getting very old. I wish Apple would send a team after it to clean up.

    I still say that Snowleopard was overall the cleanest.

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