Apple’s Safari web browser review

Safari web browser is developed by Apple Inc. and included with the Mac iOS and OS operating system. The first version of the Safari browser was released to the public in beta on January, 2003 and became Apple’s default web browser beginning with the Mac OS X 10.3 Panther version. While Apple was heavily criticised when it launched the first version of the Safari for Windows that was buggy and unstable, a lot has changed since then.

Newer Safari versions

Safari might lack many helpful options that characterise other web browsers, but new versions like the Safari 4 and 5 have impressive, unique features that are not only worth checking out if you are a jaded web browser reviewer, but also if you are an average web user and simple web browser enthusiast.

The Safari 5, for example, continues with Apple’s push for speed and has wider support for HTML5. The browser boasts of visually impressive Top Sites component that shows a panoramic thumbnail view of your most visited sites in one screen, Cover Flow technology that lets you browse through bookmarks with full page website views and compatibility with cutting-edge JavaScript engines from Opera and Google.

Safari interface

Safari’s navigation interface remains at the top of the browser in newer versions with forward and back buttons, current page menu, search box, location bar and preferences menu featured here. The bookmark bar appears prominently just below the navigation bar. Tabs to show all your bookmarks and Top Sites on the left are easily accessible below the navigation bar as well.

The brushed grey Safari interface is based on WebKit that is also used by Chrome, but as yet does not offer any real support for Aero Glass. This is a bit of a shame because it makes the browser look the same when installed on Windows XP and Windows 7.

Installation and setup

The Safari browser is easy to install, but it can appear to take a tad longer to run than competing browsers like Firefox, Opera and Chrome. Updates for the Apple browser are done using Apple Software Updater that opts you in to updates when it detects new updates are available, including opting you in to updates for other Windows based Apple programs. The browser does not have an uninstaller, meaning you will have to use a third-party remover or Windows default Add/Remove Programs tool to uninstall the program.

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