Top Sites sounds like Chrome and Opera's home page, with your most frequently visited websites in a wall of previews. The new Tabs on Top layout seems pretty Chrome-y too. It's also got full history search, and you can use Cover Flow to search through it and bookmarks. Firefox-y features come in the form of a smart address bar and smart search field. And hey, they're apparently a new Windows native look with standard Windows UI elements, whooooa—it's what you see in the shot above. It even uses Ctrl+Tab to move between tabs now, holy balls, even if the tabs are hard to distinguish with the black rim (to me, anyway).
The new features page is live, for the full rundown, if a little borked. Interestingly, it's the first browser to pass the Acid3 test.
Oh, and it's not just you if it's really slow to start up. Here's a shot of it in Leopard, with the new tabbed layout lookin' good:
Apple Announces Safari 4 - The World's Fastest & Most Innovative Browser
"Apple created Safari to bring innovation, speed and open standards back into web browsers, and today it takes another big step forward," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "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."
Safari for Mac, Windows, iPhone(TM) and iPod(R) touch are all built on Apple's WebKit, the world's fastest and most advanced browser engine. Apple developed WebKit as an open source project to create the world's best browser engine and to advance the adoption of modern web standards. Most recently, WebKit led the introduction of HTML 5 and CSS 3 web standards and is known for its fast, modern code-base. The industry's newest browsers are based on WebKit including Google Chrome, the Google Android browser, the Nokia Series 60 browser and Palm webOS.
Innovative new features in Safari 4 include:
— Top Sites, a display of frequently visited pages in a stunning wall of
previews so users can jump to their favourite 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(R);
— 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;
— built-in web developer tools to debug, tweak and optimise 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.
Pricing & Availability
Safari 4 is a public beta for both Mac OS(R) X and Windows and is available immediately as a free download at http://www.apple.com/safari.
Safari 4 for Mac OS X requires Mac OS X Leopard(R) version 10.5.6 and Security Update 2009-001 or Mac OS X Tiger(R) version 10.4.11, a minimum 256MB of memory, and is designed to run on any Intel-based Mac or a Mac with a PowerPC G5, G4 or G3 processor and built-in FireWire(R). Safari 4 for Windows requires Windows XP SP2 or Windows Vista, a minimum 256MB of memory and a system with at least a 500 MHz Intel Pentium processor. Full system requirements and more information on Safari 4 can be found at http://www.apple.com/safari.
* Performance will vary based on system configuration, network connection
and other factors. All testing conducted on an iMac(R) 2.8 GHz Intel
benchmark based on VeriTest's iBench Version 5.0 using default settings.
Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Today, Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award-winning computers, OS X operating system and iLife and professional applications. Apple is also spearheading the digital media revolution with its iPod portable music and video players and iTunes online store, and has entered the mobile phone market with its revolutionary iPhone.
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