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Apple's New Safari Technology Preview Browser Is Aimed At Web Developers 42

Sarah Perez reports for TechCrunch: Apple today announced it's expanding its efforts in the area of web development, with the launch of a new version of its Safari web browser, designed specifically for developers. Called Safari Technology Preview, the company says this browser will allow developers to get an early look at upcoming web technologies in OS X and iOS, including things like the latest layout technologies, visual effects, and other developer tools. The idea is to allow developers to more easily get their hands on these technologies and be able to experiment, then offer feedback to Apple earlier on so the company can make the necessary improvements. AnandTech's Brandon Chester elaborates: It's available from Apple's developer website, and updates will come every two weeks via the Mac App Store. This makes the list of changes and additions easily accessible with each update, and because the builds are signed by Apple there's full support for iCloud integration. [...] One important thing to note about the Safari Technology Preview is that, while the app is available from Apple's developer site, you don't need to be a registered developer paying the yearly iOS and OS X publishing fee to access it. Since the target audience consists mainly of programmers building websites and web applications, it doesn't make sense to limit it to developers building native apps for iOS and OS X.
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Apple's New Safari Technology Preview Browser Is Aimed At Web Developers

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    With good reason, the build uses its own cache, recent lists and cookies. So you'll have to log into everything again (your passwords are still in the keychain so it's not a problem) and do some basic setup and plugin install. Other than that, seems fast, stable and working.

  • by mwvdlee ( 775178 ) on Wednesday March 30, 2016 @02:15PM (#51809231) Homepage

    Does this mean they're finally up to standards compliance again, instead of being the IE6 of this decade?

  • Just wondering. iOS 9.2 and 9.3 are crashing.

    Results matter.

    • by sims 2 ( 994794 )

      NINAB There is really no good reason why I shouldn't be able to install any compatible ios version. Have you tried ios 6 7 8 or 9.1?

  • ... Since the target audience consists mainly of programmers building websites and web applications, it doesn't make sense to limit it to developers building native apps for iOS and OS X. ...

    Another limitation which has been a source of annoyance for me personally is that desktop Safari is exclusively available on the Mac. There was a time when a fully supported version of Safari for Windows existed... that has since been discontinued [appleinsider.com]. So here's to hoping that this Tech Preview version also manages to properly resurrect Safari on Windows.

    (Note that I'm a MacHead at home, who is forced into the Windows mold at work... and I'm quite certain that many other MacHeads share my fate. There is, o

    • Given the absolute abortion that was Safari on Windows, I for one don't want it back. Even dealing with IE's idiosyncratic bullshit was more fun than debugging that panful of arse gravy.

    • by jeremyp ( 130771 )

      Nobody used Safari on Windows. It was nowhere near as good as Chrome even though (at the time) it used the same rendering engine.

  • Does the preview support any of the WebRTC functions, particularly the getUserMedia allowing access to the webcam from HTML5?
  • So does this mean Safari will start honoring browser-level language preferences?
    Honest, I'm trying to do things the Apple way and enjoy the so-called Tao, but the latest nuisance of language preferences is really annoying me. Just because I live in a country doesn't mean that the local language is my first preference.

  • It comes integrated with the latest in avant-guarde adblocking technology right from the OEM: whenever you click a link, the whole phone freezes. Apple again proves that they're at the cutting edge of ergonomics and interactivity by proving that the only winning move is not to play.
    It sure feels good to think different.

    Sent from my iPhone

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