Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 67 With Bug Fixes and Feature Improvements

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

    Safari Technology Preview release 67 includes bug fixes and feature improvements for Pointer Events, WebRTC, Media, CSS, JavaScript, Web Animations, Shadow DOM, Web API, Apple Pay, Web Inspector, Web Driver, and Storage.

    The new Safari Technology Preview update is available for macOS Mojave, the newest version of the Mac operating system that was released to the public in September, and macOS High Sierra.

    The Safari Technology Preview update is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store 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 67 With Bug Fixes and Feature Improvements
     
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    FFS lol.
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    Only really for web developers. Not worth it for the average consumer as you’ll run into too many issues. Basically a beta for things to come in consumer releases of Safari.
     
  5. Vashetti macrumors regular

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    484 out of 555 with all Experimental Features enabled. Up from 479 for many, many versions.
     
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    The Preview still didn't fix the text-gradient issue I reported couple of weeks ago. I guess it'll take time to polish the bug. I have html test page if anyone is curious. See screenshot attach:
     

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  7. MauiPa macrumors regular

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    I've been running the technology version for awhile, not a developer, with 0 problems. I like the ability to clear all caches, so google can't keep sending me adds I don't want. Other than that, everything works fine
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    I never ran into an issue, I've been using the technology preview release since it was introduced, and am not developer. I do not know what you mean by too many issues, as opposed to zero issues. Of course, you could be doing different things than I
     
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    The BEST browser on the planet! No issues whatsoever and I've been using it since version 59. Get it now!
     
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    It is solid as long as you don't activate all the experimental features in the Develop menu.
     
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    FYI: You can do that in Safari as well if you activate the developer menu in settings.
     
  11. mortenb macrumors newbie

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    All I need to switch from Chrome is favicons in the favorites bar... how hard can it be to implement it as an option? Was SO disappointed when I discovered that the reintroduced favicons are only in tabs :-(
     
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    I know it's not the same but maybe still helps for inspiration: I have mostly folders in my favorites bar and started to use related emoji symbols in front of folder names. So e.g. there is a bag full of money emoji for all my banking and financial stuff or a movie slate for video related stuff or a microscope for my university research and so on…
     
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    Same. I've been using the tech preview as my main browser for a while (year plus?) I actually find I run into few issues with the "tech preview" version than normal Safari.
     
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    For me, there are two issues with Safari which mean I use Firefox (Nightly) on my Macbook. It's a pity, as Safari is a smoother experience generally, although I do like how I can customise Firefox with userChrome.css.

    The first one is the way it reloads pages, especially forums, when swiping back. Often delays for a second or two then reloads and the forum list jumps around. Irritating, but if that was the only issue I might switch back.

    The second one is cookie management. I have an Applescript which opens Safari (Tech Preview), goes into the menu and deletes all cookies, and I use this to start Safari. However, I'd really like to be able to do what Firefox does which is to have it keep cookies from favourites I select, and trash the rest on browser close.

    Apart from this - if the above two don't bother you enough to switch browsers, for example you're happily using Safari, then using Tech Preview causes no issues as far as I'm aware. Might as well use it! You end up with both apps anyway, so you can always run the "old" Safari if for whatever reason the Tech Preview version doesn't work well.
     
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    Yeah that’s actually a good point: maybe web devs notice bugs more than typical users.

    However, have you not noticed the CSS animation bugs? They’ve been prevalent for the last 6 months. Certain animations don’t animate properly (they just show start and end frames with a delay between). Can’t remember exactly which but I think it’s hardware accelerated transforms.
     
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    I hate to rain on the parade, but all these tech innovations fail to address the real problems with Safari, the one that has driven many of us to use Chrome or Firefox instead: its remarkably poverty-stricken library of extensions and failure to provide a choice of themes. For years it has been obvious that the strategy of relying on third-party developers to populate this library is a failure (b. t. w., this is pretty much true for the Apple Watch's app. library), if Apple is ever going to make Safari as popular as it otherwise could be, it is going to have cook up some compelling ones of its own. There would be no better place to start than creating an attractive rival to Chrome's Speed Dial, the best and most attractive tab page available for any browser. And then there's the issue of the absence of a choice of themes. I live in my own house and I do my own interior decoration, I don't need Jony Ives to come marching in and dictate design choices to me. Why should it be any different for the electronic space I inhabit? For reasons like this, despite its obvious flaws and despite my basic distrust of Google, I equate Chrome with enhanced freedom of choice and value it higher than Safari accordingly.
     

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