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Safari 16 on macOS Ventura
Developer(s)Apple, Inc.
Operating systemiOS
Windows (formerly)[1]
Supported platforms
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Latest release version17.4.1 (macOS)
5.1.7 (Windows)
Latest release date2024-03-25 (macOS)
2012-05-09 (Windows)
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Safari is an internet browser developed by Apple. It is the default browser for macOS, iOS and other operating systems released by the aforementioned company. A version was made available for Microsoft Windows between June 2007 to May 2012. Safari replaced Internet Explorer in Mac OS X Panther, though IE was kept as an optional component until Mac OS X Tiger.

Versions[edit | edit source]

Name Versions Release date Notes
Safari Public Beta 0.8 – 0.9 2003 Version 0.8 was the initial public beta, released during the Macworld 2003 event. Version 0.9 added tabbed browsing, forms and passwords autofill, browser reset, and the ability to import bookmarks from Netscape and Mozilla.
Safari 1.0 – 1.3.2 First non-beta release. Added support for iSync bookmark synchronization. Version 1.2 added the ability to resume interrupted downloads. Only version to support Mac OS X Jaguar and Panther.
Safari 2 2.0 – 2.0.4 2005 Bundled with Mac OS X Tiger. Added RSS and Atom feed readers. Added an integrated PDF viewer. Introduced private browsing. Version 2.0.2 can pass the Acid2 test.
Safari 3 3.0 – 3.2.3 2007 Bundled with Mac OS X Leopard. First version to add support for iPhoneOS (iOS) and Windows. Public beta was released at WWDC 2007 as version 3.0, with the final release being version 3.0.4. Added Dashboard integration, allowing users to create widgets from standard web pages. Added the ability to drag and drop tabs. Added support for SVG images. Introduced the Web Inspector. Version 3.2 adds phishing detection and support for Extended Validation certificates. Only version to unofficially support Windows 2000.
Safari 4 4.0 – 4.1.3 2009 Bundled with Mac OS X Snow Leopard and iPhone OS 3. Added a new Top Sites tool that tracks a user's most visited pages. Added the ability to save web pages as standalone web applications. Added Cover Flow support for history and bookmarks. Replaced the Mac OS X-like theme on Windows with a theme that more fits with the design language of Windows. Last version to support Mac OS X Tiger.
Safari 5 5.0 – 5.1.10 2010 Bundled with iOS 4. Added the Safari Reader and Safari Development Tools. Bing can now be set as the default search engine. Last version to support Mac OS X Leopard, Mac OS X Snow Leopard, and Windows.
Safari 6 6.0 – 6.2.8 2012 Bundled with OS X Mountain Lion and iOS 6. Added iCloud Tabs and share sheet functionality. Removed the RSS feed reader. Last version to support Mac OS X Lion and OS X Mountain Lion.
Safari 7 7.0 – 7.1.8 2013 Bundled with OS X Mavericks and iOS 7. The sidebar has been redesigned to include shared links, bookmarks, and the reading list. Top sites was redesigned. Fast start has been added. The iOS version received a major redesign.
Safari 8 8.0 – 8.0.8 2014 Bundled with OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. The macOS version received a major redesign. iCloud integration has been improved.
Safari 9 9.0 – 9.1.3 2015 Bundled with OS X El Capitan and iOS 9. Added the ability to mute tabs. Autofill has been improved. Last version to support OS X Mavericks.
Safari 10 10.0 – 10.1.2 2016 Bundled with macOS Sierra and iOS 10. Adds support for a new type of native extension that is distributed via the Mac App Store. Added new bookmarks sidebar. Redesigned the bookmarks and history views. Added site specific zoom. Improvements to the Reader. Legacy plug-ins are now turned off by default. Last version to support OS X Yosemite.
Safari 11 11.0 – 11.1.2 2017 Bundled with macOS High Sierra and iOS 11. An option was added to stop audio from automatically playing on most web sites. Added Intelligent Tracking Prevention, which identifies certain third party cookies on web pages and limits their ability to gather data of users. Added updated media controls for HTML5 video and audio. Last version to support OS X El Capitan.
Safari 12 12.0 – 12.1.2 2018 Bundled with macOS Mojave and iOS 12. Favicons are now present in each tab. Strong unique passwords are automatically generated. Added support for filling in security codes via SMS. Added support for WOFF2 and TTC files. Deprecated support for .safariextz extensions. Removed support for legacy NPAPI plug-ins except for Adobe Flash. Last version to support macOS Sierra.
Safari 13 13.0 – 13.1.2 2019 Bundled with macOS Catalina, iOS 13, and iPadOS 13. Added support for aborting fetch requests. Users are now prompted to change weak passwords when logging into websites. Added support for FIDO2-compliant USB security keys. Added support for Sign in With Apple. Added support for Apple Pay. Enhancements to Intelligent Tracking Prevention. Improved WebKit sandbox security. Support was added for screen sharing without plug ins. Removed support for WebSQL and legacy extensions. Improvements to web inspector. Last version to support macOS High Sierra.
Safari 14 14.0 – 14.1.2 2020 Bundled with macOS Big Sur, iOS 14, and iPadOS 14. Added a customizable start page on macOS. Added support for Safari Web Extensions. Added in-line web page translation. Flash support has been removed from the macOS version. Privacy reports are now shown to show what Intelligent Tracking Protection blocked. Added the ability to block all third-party cookies. Added support for Face ID and Touch ID authentication. Users are now notfied if a password in the iCloud keychain was in a data breach. Last version to support macOS Mojave.
Safari 15 15.0 – 15.6.1 2021 Bundled with macOS Monterey, iOS 15, and iPadOS 15. Added Tab Groups, which allow users to create and save a collection of websites. The compact tab bar has been introduced on macOS and iPadOS, but is turned off by default. The iOS version is dramatically overhauled, with a relocated tab bar, a resigned tab overview, and support for web extensions. The customizable start page is now available on iOS and iPadOS. Last version to support macOS Catalina.
Safari 16 16.0 – 16.6.1 2022 Bundled with macOS Ventura, iOS 16, and iPadOS 16. Added the ability to share Tab Groups. Added support for Passkeys and non-animated AVIF files. Version 16.4 added support for web push notifications on iOS and iPadOS. Last version to support macOS Big Sur.
Safari 17 17.0 – 17.4.1 2023 Bundled with macOS Sonoma, iOS 17, and iPadOS 17. Added browser profiles for separating favorites, history, cookies, and extensions. Added the ability to save web apps on macOS. Contains enhancements to private browsing. Added support for AV1 hardware decoding.

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Dilger, Daniel Eran. Apple apparently kills Windows PC support in Safari 6.0, AppleInsider. 25 July 2012.