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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 140 includes bug fixes and performance improvements for Web Inspector, CSS, Web API, Web Animations, Javascript, WebAssembly, Dialog Element, HTML, Media, WebAuthn, Accessibility, Privacy, SVG, Scrolling, Web Extensions, and more.

The current Safari Technology Preview release is built on the Safari 15.4 update and it includes Safari 15 features introduced in macOS Monterey.

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 140 With Bug Fixes and Performance Improvements
 

sideshowuniqueuser

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So yesterday we get an article with the head of Safari whinging about people complaining about all the bugs, basically saying "what bugs?", and today we get a preview release with 140 bug fixes. WTF is going on in Apple's software divisions?
 

nortonandreev

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It's STP Release 140, not 140 bugs...
WTF is wrong with your reading skills... :rolleyes:
The changeog lists quite a lot of bug fixes, I assume that 140 bug fixes that the user was referring to were just an exaggeration, rather than him referring to the release number.

Regardless, fixes are always welcome.

OP: It seems that this is still branded as Safari 15.4, so I expect all of these changes to be part of the 15.4 release of Safari (although some of them may be implemented in some of the next releases instead - Apple has been doing that for the past few years). I'm curious if there will be 15.5 or if this will be the last .X update one before Safari 16 later this year. To me, it makes sense that this will be the last 15.X update (and also seems to be the biggest one which is usual with the Spring releases).

Even if they have been working on WebKit, Safari itself still have major issues. For example, Tab Groups are still unusable and I would assume that, at this stage, a fix would be available with Safari 16, at the earliest. This would mean a core new feature being out in the wild for about a year before it being usable. It's very upsetting, because this is the case with most stuff that is being released by Apple nowadays.
 

Realityck

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The changeog lists quite a lot of bug fixes, I assume that 140 bug fixes that the user was referring to were just an exaggeration, rather than him referring to the release number.

Regardless, fixes are always welcome.

OP: It seems that this is still branded as Safari 15.4, so I expect all of these changes to be part of the 15.4 release of Safari (although some of them may be implemented in some of the next releases instead - Apple has been doing that for the past few years). I'm curious if there will be 15.5 or if this will be the last .X update one before Safari 16 later this year. To me, it makes sense that this will be the last 15.X update (and also seems to be the biggest one which is usual with the Spring releases).

Even if they have been working on WebKit, Safari itself still have major issues. For example, Tab Groups are still unusable and I would assume that, at this stage, a fix would be available with Safari 16, at the earliest. This would mean a core new feature being out in the wild for about a year before it being usable. It's very upsetting, because this is the case with most stuff that is being released by Apple nowadays.
I bet some are hesitant to install this on 12.3 beta 2 after the last SDP (139) was interfering with the 12.3 beta 1 Safari working OK?
 

joecomo

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So yesterday we get an article with the head of Safari whinging about people complaining about all the bugs, basically saying "what bugs?", and today we get a preview release with 140 bug fixes. WTF is going on in Apple's software divisions?
Yes - although at least my complaints would be less about bugs, but strange „features“ and feature omissions
 

stinkdieren

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comma’s people ? One annoying thing about this preview: i disabled the “use fingerprint for passwords” option, it does not register in the preview
 

reggoboy

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Why don't they just release Betas, like most other products? Why does this app have Technology Previews?
 
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