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Apple today released a new update for Safari Technology Preview, the experimental browser Apple first introduced in March 2016. Apple designed the Safari Technology Preview to test features that may be introduced into future release versions of Safari.

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Safari Technology Preview release 133 includes bug fixes and performance improvements for CSS, CSS Cascade Layers, CSS Font Loading API, Accessibility, JavaScript, Web API, WebRTC, Media, WebGL, and Web and App Extensions.

The current Safari Technology Preview release is built on the new Safari 15 update included in macOS Monterey, and as such, it includes several Safari 15 features. There's a new streamlined tab bar with support for Tab Groups to organize tabs, along with improved support for Safari Web Extensions.

Live Text allows users to select and interact with text in images on the web, but the macOS Monterey beta and an M1 Mac is required. There's also Quick Notes support for adding links and Safari highlights to remember important information and ideas.

Other updates include WebGL 2 and new HTML, CSS, and JavaScript features.

The new Safari Technology Preview update is available for both macOS Big Sur and macOS Monterey, the newest version of the Mac operating system that's set to release this fall.

The Safari Technology Preview update is available through the Software Update mechanism in System Preferences to anyone who has downloaded the browser. Full release notes for the update are available on the Safari Technology Preview website.

Apple's aim with Safari Technology Preview is to gather feedback from developers and users on its browser development process. Safari Technology Preview can run side-by-side with the existing Safari browser and while designed for developers, it does not require a developer account to download.


Article Link: Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 133 With Bug Fixes and Performance Improvements
 

nvmls

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Apparently stable didn't carry enough bugs so they also offer their pre-alpha version to devs.
 

gank41

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Of course it was intentional. That's how all side bars function these days.
"These days" people could still be using Safari 14 on Big Sur (let alone anything prior) if they aren't updating. Which means some users are experiencing one UI as opposed to another... So, unless you have proof that this change is intentional, I'm standing by the notes in my filed Feedback indicating others are having this issue, too, and that a fix is planned for a future update. Or unless the WebKit folks reply...
 

elptdbi3lYI

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Really? make it inferior to previous because "That's how all side bars function these days"? You should send your resume to Apple (unless you dev for them already)

"These days" people could still be using Safari 14 on Big Sur (let alone anything prior) if they aren't updating. Which means some users are experiencing one UI as opposed to another... So, unless you have proof that this change is intentional, I'm standing by the notes in my filed Feedback indicating others are having this issue, too, and that a fix is planned for a future update. Or unless the WebKit folks reply...
Full height sidebar was one of big sur UI changes and it's probably intentional because safari 15 on catalina doesn't have this
See "Sidebars": https://developer.apple.com/design/human-interface-guidelines/macos/overview/whats-new-in-macos/
 

eatrains

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"These days" people could still be using Safari 14 on Big Sur (let alone anything prior) if they aren't updating. Which means some users are experiencing one UI as opposed to another... So, unless you have proof that this change is intentional, I'm standing by the notes in my filed Feedback indicating others are having this issue, too, and that a fix is planned for a future update. Or unless the WebKit folks reply...
What "issue"? Why would you expect Safari to not adopt the latest macOS interface standards? An old version of an app having an old version of a UI shouldn't be a surprise.
 

gank41

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What "issue"? Why would you expect Safari to not adopt the latest macOS interface standards? An old version of an app having an old version of a UI shouldn't be a surprise.
You clearly didn't look at the Screenshots I included in my initial post. You'd see that I was/am on Big Sur, and the "Issue" is that Big Sur comes with Safari 14 "out of the box" unless you're installing fresh from 11.5(?), so if you're still on one specific older version of Big Sur and for whatever reason choose to remain on that (maybe stable for them) version, they would have Safari 14 and the UI that's been the norm for many releases. Safari 14 is not "old" as you put it, but the Surprise is the depreciation in functionality.

Full height sidebar was one of big sur UI changes and it's probably intentional because safari 15 on catalina doesn't have this
See "Sidebars": https://developer.apple.com/design/human-interface-guidelines/macos/overview/whats-new-in-macos/
This change to Safari was not introduced until what, 10 days ago? Big Sur was released on November 12, 2020...
 

eatrains

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You clearly didn't look at the Screenshots I included in my initial post. You'd see that I was/am on Big Sur, and the "Issue" is that Big Sur comes with Safari 14 "out of the box" unless you're installing fresh from 11.5(?), so if you're still on one specific older version of Big Sur and for whatever reason choose to remain on that (maybe stable for them) version, they would have Safari 14 and the UI that's been the norm for many releases. Safari 14 is not "old" as you put it, but the Surprise is the depreciation in functionality.


This change to Safari was not introduced until what, 10 days ago? Big Sur was released on November 12, 2020...
What? Safari Tech Preview is not supposed to be Safari 14.
 

gank41

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I sure did see the screenshots of Safari 14 and a newer version of Safari.
So, that "Older" version of Safari looked that way up until 10 days ago. Big Sur was released 322 days ago.

There have been many macOS 11 updates since it was released with little to no UI changes in Safari along the way. But a standalone update to Safari that people won't realize has as many changes as it does, comes at what most people consider to be a very stable release version (that being macOS 11.6), and this much of a disruptive change is made? Maybe it's not to you, great. Seems in line with a lot of the other bullying regarding Safari for iOS and the URL Bar being at the bottom. "Deal with it!"

I'm finding it difficult to understand why people wouldn't see this as a bug or depreciation in value/function.
 

eatrains

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So, that "Older" version of Safari looked that way up until 10 days ago. Big Sur was released 322 days ago.

There have been many macOS 11 updates since it was released with little to no UI changes in Safari along the way. But a standalone update to Safari that people won't realize has as many changes as it does, comes at what most people consider to be a very stable release version (that being macOS 11.6), and this much of a disruptive change is made? Maybe it's not to you, great. Seems in line with a lot of the other bullying regarding Safari for iOS and the URL Bar being at the bottom. "Deal with it!"

I'm finding it difficult to understand why people wouldn't see this as a bug or depreciation in value/function.
Safari 14 still looks like the same way it always has. Safari TP is not Safari 14. I'm finding it difficult to understand why anyone would expect it to be.
 
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Hombre53

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Instead of working on an "experimental browser" Apple, a better idea would be to make your current Safari 15 worth using? A browser without 10 gazillion software bugs? I guess I am asking way too much. We could sure use Steve Jobs now (RIP).
 

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How can other browsers (especially Chromium based, but to some extent also Firefox) have new stable releases so often while Safari takes ages between releases?
 

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I’m still floored at the backlash to all of the “hey what happened to …” and all of the “why did they change it so much and make it look so bad?” comments. I’m used to Apple being innovative and progressive with their ideas and products. But the responses from these comments are very telling. If all of these changes stood on their own merit, there wouldn’t be so many responses like “Too bad!” or “it’s a new version, deal with it!”… Bullying people by telling them things like that makes the product look that much worse.

From what I can gather from the poll I started in the forum, with 350 votes, opinion is still relatively split. And a lot of those votes came in AFTER they gave the option to put the URL bar at the top or bottom… There we’re way more No’s before that.
 

gank41

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Safari 14 still looks like the same way it always has. Safari TP is not Safari 14. I'm finding it difficult to understand why anyone would expect it to be.
Safari has had the SideBar staying in line up to the Favorites Bar for roughly 5-6 years. This change, seemingly just because of their own self imposed HIG, and only introduced 11 days ago (out of beta), breaks workflow. Whether YOU specifically think so or not. You say deal with it and I say it’s broken. So we’re at 50/50.

I understand Apples Dev Documentation explains that the SideBar should go to the top of the app now. But waiting 312 days after the operating system’s release to THEN change functionality like this seems more like they broke it than that they’re “catching up”. And even then, Apple’s Dev Documentation doesn’t say anything about THEIR apps needing to comply. Just that devs submitting apps need to, or should…
 

elptdbi3lYI

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As I understand your use case is to have sidebar on start page, but start page already has reading list and favorites, isn't it a bit redundant?
 

gank41

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As I understand your use case is to have sidebar on start page, but start page already has reading list and favorites, isn't it a bit redundant?
Yes, that is what I'm referring to, and then that allows you to keep the SideBar open on the Start Page and have it NOT be there when you navigate away to any other page. And yes, the Start Page does show the most recent items from my Reading List, but I tend to go back further than the 12 listings it shows.

I honestly DO like everything else about Safari 15. I like the extensions and I love the new Start Page and all of the available content and how it syncs across everywhere. That's great! But the hate of now having to go thru many steps to scroll through my Reading List just makes it all a wash for me. 😕
 
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