What’s new in Safari?

The new advanced features in Safari make it an even better place to explore the web. Safari searches even smarter so you’ll find web pages faster. It shows you all your open tabs in a great new way. Right from Safari, you can tweet web pages, post them to Facebook, or share them via Mail or Messages. And with even more features, browsing is just the beginning.

Tab View. A new point of view. Mountain Lion

Tab View gives you the big picture of your browsing. Just pinch to see all your open tabs. Swipe left or right to move between them. And tap a tab to go right to the website. Multi-Touch makes Tab View a fun and natural way to browse.

You can also use the View Tabs button to get to Tab View. Or choose Show All Tabs from the View menu. Or use the Shift-Command-\ keyboard shortcut and the arrow keys to move left or right between tabs.

iCloud Tabs. Pick up the web wherever you left off. Mountain Lion

iCloud Tabs makes the last websites you had open on your Mac available in Safari on your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. So you can go from one device to another without having to search for the web pages you were reading. It happens without syncing. Just click the iCloud Tabs button in the Safari toolbar to see the web pages you last viewed on any device. The URLs are encrypted for privacy. If you don’t want the web pages you view on your Mac to be visible on your other devices, you can turn on Private Browsing.1

Built-in sharing. Everyone’s in on it. Mountain Lion

Now you can share anything you come across on the web right when you come across it — without leaving Safari. Just click the Share button, then choose how you want to send it off. Share web pages using Mail or Messages. Post them on Facebook.2 Tweet links. And even add comments and locations. A single sign-on sets up Facebook and Twitter for Safari, so you need to log in only once. If you want to send a web page using Mail, Safari gives you four options. Send it in Reader format so text appears in a clean, clutter-free format. Send the entire web page in your message. Send the web page as a PDF attachment. Or just send the link.

Improved performance. It’s power-browsing.

With improved performance in Safari, web pages load faster. The Nitro JavaScript engine takes advantage of the multiple processor cores on your Mac, so you’ll notice fewer lags and pauses while you browse. Safari also uses a new approach to CSS that speeds up rendering. And with improved hardware acceleration, 2D drawing of text and graphics is faster and scrolling is smoother, even when your Mac is processing new content on a web page.

More New Safari Features

Better Privacy

Safari takes your privacy seriously. You can turn on Do Not Track, an emerging privacy standard. Checking this Privacy pane preference sends websites you visit a request not to track you online. Safari also sends a request to websites not to track you when you use Private Browsing.

Offline Reading List

Safari now stores the content from web pages in your Reading List so you can catch up on your reading even when you don’t have an Internet connection. If an article in your Reading List contains multiple pages, Safari fetches the pages ahead of time so you can read the entire article offline.

Developer Features

Bring on the next generation of advanced, interactive web apps. Safari supports the latest edition of the JavaScript standard, ECMA 262 version 5.1. With CSS filters, developers can create advanced filter and pixel effects such as blurs and gradients and vary brightness, adjust hues, invert colors, or convert elements to sepia or grayscale. The Web Audio API lets developers create and customize audio effects in interactive web applications with rich media content. And Safari supports HTML5 media synchronization for web pages that require precise timing integration between multiple media elements and text — such as captions, subtitles, descriptions, and chapters. With website notifications, developers can keep users up to date about their sites. To learn more about new developer features in Safari, click here.

Improvements for Chinese Users

Safari makes the web even better for Chinese users. Baidu, the leading Chinese search engine, is now available as a built-in option in the search field. In Mountain Lion, Sina Weibo, a popular Chinese microblogging service, is built into the Share menu. Chinese users can click the Share button and select Sina to share links right from Safari.

  1. iCloud Tabs on iOS devices requires iOS 6 (coming this fall). Until iOS 6 is available, this feature is only for Mac-to-Mac usage.
  2. Facebook integration coming this fall.

The latest version of Safari is available in Mountain Lion. The latest version of Safari for Lion is available through Software Update.