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Safari 4 first look: something borrowed

updated 04:55 pm EST, Tue February 24, 2009

Safari 4 Beta First Look

Apple's release of a public beta for Safari 4 is the company's first truly major attempt to compete in the web browser space since, arguably, Safari 2. But while it incorporates several new features that are absolutely crucial to its acceptance as a mainstream app, a number of its most important features are actually drawn from some of its closest competitors, especially Google's Chrome. We examine why this is a good thing, as well as some of the more original features, in a special first look at what might be Apple's most important release yet.



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  1. Constable Odo

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Aug 2007

    +3

    I don't care much

    about how it looks. It works great on my older DP FW800 G4. Very fast. Loads photo heavy pages in a flash. Beta or not, it's seems very stable in the dozens of sites I've tried so far. It's going on all my computers right now.

  1. Dez

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jul 2002

    +7

    whirly-gig?

    So they replaced the actual page load progress indicator with a whirlygig? How is that better? On Apple's 'Safari 150 Features' page, it says "At a glance, you can see exactly when a site is finished loading"... actually I find it much less obvious than the blue progress-bar-within-the-address-bar UI

  1. Graeme

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Oct 2008

    +3

    Luv it!

    Works great 17" PBPro OS X 10.5.6. Windows Vista works well too!

    I do however miss the tab bar positioned below the bookmarks bar. I wish this was made an option or at least made the tab bar draggable & lockable.

  1. dimmer

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Feb 2006

    +1

    Not so good experience

    While Safari 4 worked well, I started to get kernel issues with address book and DVD player -- not so good. Reverting to Safari 3 was simple though, and resolved the issues. Feedback sent to Apple. Ah well, beta is beta. Looking forward to the next release.

  1. chelsel

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    Joined: Aug 2007

    +1

    the worst from Chrome

    I have to say Apple screwed up, as far as I'm concerned, in borrowing the most annoying feature in Chrome, the tabs above the address bar.

    YUCK!!!

  1. scotte75ky

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    Joined: Jan 2008

    +3

    Tabs

    I actually like the tabs above the address bar. The speed is much faster on my Mac Mini compared to version 3.

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  1. Guest

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    Joined: Nov 1999

    -37

    who cares...

    This is apple we are talking about. So FCK Apple. Got it?

    Next thing you know, you need to buy a new mac to run all the features on the new Safari 4. Never surprised by this hardware raping, f** hiring, evil working company.

    F
    CK APPLE!... before it F*cks you!!

  1. cwsmith

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    Joined: Aug 2007

    +3

    re: who cares

    Who cares about Guest? You sure are brave in your anonymous comments. Grow some balls and log in with a user name or get the h*** out.

  1. luckyday

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    Joined: Apr 2008

    -5

    Haha

    Where are all the comments about copying ideas now? You can tell Apple is in trouble when...

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  1. Guest

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Nov 1999

    -30

    Apple is F*CKED...

    Kiss your overpriced hardware goodbye!!

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