Apple Debuts 'World's Fastest' Web Browser, Safari 4 Beta
Among the ways Apple's Safari 4 browser differentiates itself from its competitors is by incorporating signature Apple Cover Flow technology into a new Full History Search feature. This feature allows you to review browser Web page history in a way similar to browsing songs/albums in the iTunes store and on the iPhone and iPod (see above image).
Apple's Safari 4 beta browser is available now for download for both the Mac and Windows OS. System requirements include a PC running Windows XP SP2 or Vista. Mac users must be running Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.6 or Mac X Tiger 10.4.11 on at least an Intel Mac or G3 system or better.
"Safari 4 is the fastest and most efficient browser for Mac and Windows, with great integration of HTML 5 and CSS 3 web standards that enables the next generation of interactive web applications," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior VP of Worldwide Product Marketing, in a press release.
To read PC World's first look review of the Safari 4 beta browser click here.
Here is a breakdown of new Safari 4 beta features from Apple:
Top Sites, a display of frequently visited pages in a stunning wall of previews so users can jump to their favorite sites with a single click
Full History Search, where users search through titles, web addresses and the complete text of recently viewed pages to easily return to sites they've seen before
Cover Flow, to make searching web history or bookmarks as fun and easy as paging through album art in iTunes
Tabs on Top, for better tabbed browsing with easy drag-and-drop tab management tools and an intuitive button for opening new ones
Smart Address Field, that automatically completes web addresses by displaying an easy-to-read list of suggestions from Top Sites, bookmarks and browsing history;
Smart Search Field, where users fine-tune searches with recommendations from Google Suggest or a list of recent searches
Full Page Zoom, for a closer look at any website without degrading the quality of the site's layout and text
Other improvements include:
Built-in web developer tools to debug, tweak and optimize a website for peak performance and compatibility; and a new Windows-native look in Safari for Windows, that uses standard Windows font rendering and native title bar, borders and toolbars so Safari fits the look and feel of other Windows XP and Windows Vista applications.