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Safari in Yosemite


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New Safari icon in iOS 7.

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The Safari Logo, used in OS X

Safari is Apple's web browser. Released in 2003, it replaced Microsoft Internet Explorer as the default browser for systems running on Mac OS X. It was also available for Windows. 

Rather than open a set of windows like most Internet browsers, Safari allows you to have a set of tabs within one window. (You can still open and use multiple windows, if you prefer.) Also, Safari is one of the first browsers that supports pop-up window blocking. The default search engine is Google.

Version History

Safari 1

Safari 1 was released on January 7, 2003. Despite the fact it was meant to replace Internet Explorer for Macs, IE wasn't discontinued until June that year. It is unknown why. Safari 1 features a search bar and an address bar and is fully customizable. Safari 1 was the first web browser to feature tabs.

Safari 2

Safari 2 was released with Mac OS X 10.4 on April 29, 2005 and was the default browser for the operating system. Safari 2.0 experienced many errors and bugs so Apple quickly released Safari 2.0.2 on October 31, 2005 and included the modifications to pass the Acid2 test.

Safari 3

Safari 3 was released on January 9, 2007, the same day as the iPhone was announced. Safari 3 was released for Microsoft Windows XP and Vista. Apple also announced a mobile version of Safari for iOS for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Safari 3 for Windows experienced more bugs than ever after it's release in June 2007, but these bugs were removed on June 14, 2007. Apple also shortly released Safari 3.0.2 for Microsoft Windows computers to address more bugs.

Safari 4

Safari 4 was announced for iOS, Microsoft Windows, and Mac OS X on June 2, 2008 which was later released in beta mode on June 11, 2008. Safari 4 was later released in Public Mode on February 24, 2009 for all 3 operating systems. Safari 4 added new features like a 3D wall which displays all the sites you have visited often and recently.

Apple released Safari 4 to the iPad when it was released in 2010. The only changes on the iPad compared to the iPhone and iPod Touch is that the iPad version is in HD and features tabs.

Safari 4 Icon

Safari 5

Safari 5 was released on June 7, 2010. New features include a reading tool so you can read on the web without ads. Safari 5 also features a new widescreen HD look on OS Lion similar to the iPad. Apple released Safari 5 for Microsoft Windows along with the reading list and a faster web experience.

Safari 6

Safari 6 was announced at Apple's WWDC 2012 on June 11 and said that it will finally feature iCloud and it will be released with Mountain Lion. Safari 6 was expected to be called Safari 5.2 before it was announced but it is named what it is named. The last upcoming feature for Safari 6 is that it will be able to "pick up" where you last left off.

It is also the last version that is compatible with Windows.

Safari 7

Safari 7 was included in OS X Mavericks.

Safari 8

Safari 8 was included in OS X Yosemite.

Safari 9

Safari 9 was included in OS X El Capitan.

Safari 10

Safari 10 was released alongside MacOS Sierra.

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