Apple Releases New and Improved Safari Browsers

Apple announced the launch of its latest beta version Safari 4 browser, claiming it to be faster with improved navigation and searching.

According to the company, Safari 4 loads JavaScript “up to 30 times faster than IE7 and more than three times faster than Firefox 3.” As for HTML pages, Safari, “loads [them] three times faster than IE 7 and almost three times faster than Firefox 3.” Safari 4 is also the first browser to pass Web Standards Project’s Acid3 test.

Other new features in Safari 4 include Top Sites, giving users a visual preview of frequently visited pages; Full History Search, to search through titles, web addresses and the complete text of recently viewed pages; Cover Flow, to easily flip through web history or bookmarks; and Tabs on Top, to make tabbed browsing easier.

The new version of Safari also includes a Smart Address field and Smart Search. Smart Address will automatically show a drop down menu when a user begin typing a URL into the address field. It shows the top hit, suggestions from the user’s Bookmarks and suggestions from his history. Smart search gives the user suggestions from Google and previous searches that he has made using Safari.

The new beta version is available for download at Apple’s Safari Web page with both Windows and Mac OS versions ready for testing.