Apple Announces Safari 4

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  1. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    Apple Announces Safari 4—The World’s Fastest & Most Innovative Browser

    New Nitro Engine Runs JavaScript More Than Four Times Faster

    CUPERTINO, California—February 24, 2009—Apple® today announced the public beta of Safari® 4, the world’s fastest and most innovative web browser for Mac® and Windows PCs. The Nitro engine in Safari 4 runs JavaScript 4.2 times faster than Safari 3.* Innovative new features that make browsing more intuitive and enjoyable include Top Sites, for a stunning visual preview of frequently visited pages; Full History Search, to search through titles, web addresses and the complete text of recently viewed pages; Cover Flow®, to easily flip through web history or bookmarks; and Tabs on Top, to make tabbed browsing easier and more intuitive.

    “Apple created Safari to bring innovation, speed and open standards back into web browsers, and today it takes another big step forward,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Safari 4 is the fastest and most efficient browser for Mac and Windows, with great integration of HTML 5 and CSS 3 web standards that enables the next generation of interactive web applications.”

    Safari 4 is built on the world’s most advanced browser technologies including the new Nitro JavaScript engine that executes JavaScript up to 30 times faster than IE 7 and more than three times faster than Firefox 3. Safari quickly loads HTML web pages three times faster than IE 7 and almost three times faster than Firefox 3.*

    Apple is leading the industry in defining and implementing innovative web standards such as HTML 5 and CSS 3 for an entirely new class of web applications that feature rich media, graphics and fonts. Safari 4 includes HTML 5 support for offline technologies so web-based applications can store information locally without an Internet connection, and is the first browser to support advanced CSS Effects that enable highly polished web graphics using reflections, gradients and precision masks. Safari 4 is the first browser to pass the Web Standards Project’s Acid3 test, which examines how well a browser adheres to CSS, JavaScript, XML and SVG web standards that are specifically designed for dynamic web applications.

    Safari for Mac, Windows, iPhone™ and iPod® touch are all built on Apple’s WebKit, the world’s fastest and most advanced browser engine. Apple developed WebKit as an open source project to create the world’s best browser engine and to advance the adoption of modern web standards. Most recently, WebKit led the introduction of HTML 5 and CSS 3 web standards and is known for its fast, modern code-base. The industry’s newest browsers are based on WebKit including Google Chrome, the Google Android browser, the Nokia Series 60 browser and Palm webOS.

    Innovative new features in Safari 4 include:
    Top Sites, a display of frequently visited pages in a stunning wall of previews so users can jump to their favorite sites with a single click;

    Full History Search, where users search through titles, web addresses and the complete text of recently viewed pages to easily return to sites they’ve seen before;

    Cover Flow, to make searching web history or bookmarks as fun and easy as paging through album art in iTunes®;

    Tabs on Top, for better tabbed browsing with easy drag-and-drop tab management tools and an intuitive button for opening new ones;

    Smart Address Field, that automatically completes web addresses by displaying an easy-to-read list of suggestions from Top Sites, bookmarks and browsing history;

    Smart Search Field, where users fine-tune searches with recommendations from Google Suggest or a list of recent searches;

    Full Page Zoom, for a closer look at any website without degrading the quality of the site’s layout and text;

    built-in web developer tools to debug, tweak and optimize a website for peak performance and compatibility; and

    a new Windows-native look in Safari for Windows, that uses standard Windows font rendering and native title bar, borders and toolbars so Safari fits the look and feel of other Windows XP and Windows Vista applications.

    Pricing & Availability
    Safari 4 is a public beta for both Mac OS® X and Windows and is available immediately as a free download at

    Safari 4 for Mac OS X requires Mac OS X Leopard® version 10.5.6 and Security Update 2009-001 or Mac OS X Tiger® version 10.4.11, a minimum 256MB of memory, and is designed to run on any Intel-based Mac or a Mac with a PowerPC G5, G4 or G3 processor and built-in FireWire®. Safari 4 for Windows requires Windows XP SP2 or Windows Vista, a minimum 256MB of memory and a system with at least a 500 MHz Intel Pentium processor. Full system requirements and more information on Safari 4 can be found at

    *Performance will vary based on system configuration, network connection and other factors. All testing conducted on an iMac® 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo system running Windows Vista, with 2GB of RAM. JavaScript benchmark based on the SunSpider JavaScript Performance test. HTML benchmark based on VeriTest’s iBench Version 5.0 using default settings.

  2. GTJ macrumors newbie

    Apr 23, 2005
  3. animenick65 macrumors 6502

    Sep 17, 2006
    Nice. Sounds pretty slick. Safari 3 is pretty decent. Having a bunch of browsers to choose from is interesting.
  4. Maximillian macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2008
    The download page is totally screwed right now.
  5. HailToTheVictor macrumors regular

    Feb 1, 2007
  6. happydude macrumors 65816


    Sep 2, 2006
    a gasping dying planet
    Cover flow history sounds pretty cool! Will be downloading soon
  7. eskimayo macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2007
    Download page is good now, and the download is active.
  8. Yvan256 macrumors 601

    Jul 5, 2004
    "Full Page Zoom" is now available from:
    - Safari 4 Beta
    - Opera (been full screen zoom since so long that I can't even remember which version started it all)
    - Firefox 3 (discovered that last night, and even said "now only Safari is missing this"*).

    * = Internet Explorer 11, available in 2035, will probably have it too. ;)

    Now, the question on my mind is: can we have both Safari 3 and Safari 4 Beta installed at the same time on our Mac? Won't they fight over things like bookmarks, etc?

    edit: and no, this isn't better than a Mac mini update. :p
  9. d-money macrumors newbie

    Mar 29, 2008
    overwrites safari 3?

    Does anyone know if this can run side-by-side with Safari 3? Or will it replace it? I don't want to lose a stable browser for a potentially buggy one.
  10. decksnap macrumors 68040


    Apr 11, 2003
    I assume this will overwrite Safari 3? Any way to roll back after testing the beta?
  11. mik34 macrumors member

    Oct 16, 2008
    Running it now

    It's nice, I'm glad they didn't change the interface much. The tabs (+) button is nice and the "Top Sites" button is helpful. It makes it easier to go to a favorite site without having to make a new bookmark (which takes up space across the page).
  12. supremedesigner macrumors 6502a


    Dec 9, 2005
    Gainesville, Fl
    Yes, you're correct on this. I even check IE, Safari 3 and FF3 (all on PC) and they all are screwed up. I also checked my iPhone and Safari 4 and the page didn't break. Interesting.

    Well, I like 'em all except IE :)
  13. johnnyjibbs macrumors 68030


    Sep 18, 2003
    London, UK
    Oh cover flow. Yippee!

    "It's just like iTunes"

  14. Steve Jobs=God macrumors 6502

    Apr 13, 2007
    Coverflow in your history?

    Apple's starting to go slightly over the top with the coverflow now i think
  15. rdowns thread starter macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    The beta comes with an uninstall package and the Safari 3 link is still active. Think I'll go grab it in case 4 hoses anything. Running it now and so far, so good.
  16. nickXedge macrumors 6502


    Feb 13, 2008
    Long Island
    I just noticed this on the download page! Does this mean new unibody Macbooks can't use Safari 4 beta?

    Edit: Or, re-reading it makes me think that Firewire is required only for G3, anyone can clarify?
  17. alexbates macrumors 65816


    Nov 24, 2008
    Georgia, USA
  18. nplima macrumors 6502a

    Apr 26, 2006
    if this release is so innovative, why are those highlighted features either irrelevant or already available on Firefox?
  19. Heinekev macrumors member

    Feb 19, 2007
    Wow, I really like the Top Sites thing. I have a circuit of about 7 or 8 sites that I hit each morning and throughout the day, and it sounds like this will fit right into that.
  20. Island Dog macrumors 6502a

    Island Dog

    Sep 11, 2005
    St. Cloud, FL.
  21. MBX macrumors 65816

    Sep 14, 2006
    Safari 4 IS the hottest browser!!!

    OMG I can't believe it! Apple does it again by leading innovation.

    Holy moly if this isn't the hottest browser on the planet what then?

    Firefox, Chrome, IE who?

    Sorry for my drooling!
  22. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    Just installed (MBP 2.4) but it won't launch. I have uninstalled, reinstalled, reset Safari, all to no help. Anyone else having this issue? I don't have any Safari plugins installed BTW.

    Update: Never mind. I remembered I did have the Glims plugin. Removed it and it launched fine.
  23. k2k koos macrumors 6502a

    k2k koos

    Jan 21, 2003
    Somewhere between yesterday and tomorrow
    great stuff

    downloaded it no problems, first impression is great. Won't yet make it my default browser until any bugs are known and sorted out :):apple:
  24. aleck macrumors member

    May 6, 2006
    Finally, some common sense in this area. A very good step.
  25. talkingfuture macrumors 65816


    Dec 4, 2008
    The back of beyond.
    Should be interesting to play with. I have recently switched to Firefox on my Mac and work PC. Maybe Safari 4 will bring me back, or maybe it won't!

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