Apple debuts Safari 5 for Mac and Windows
Apple has released Safari 5 for both Mac and Windows.
There was no mention of the Apple's latest web browser this morning at the company's annual developer conference in San Francisco, but the company did spit out a press release in tandem with its release detailing the iPhone 4, due on June 24; iOS 4 (née iPhone OS 4.0), due June 21; and the debut of iAds, set for July 1.
The browser also gives you the option of using Yahoo! or Microsoft for search — not just Google. And Apple is now offering kit for building Safari extensions as part of a Safari Developer Program. All extensions will be sandboxed and digitally signed by Apple.
Also new is the Safari Reader, designed to aid the reading of online articles. The Safari Reader is not an RSS client — instead, it automatically detects what it decides are "articles" and reformats them. In essence, if it detects an article, it launches an overlay pane that includes only the text, and grays out the source web page behind it. You might call it a de facto ad blocker.
It's Apple-certificated extension developers - you need to code sign your extensions so that people know they are coming from you, can't be tampered with and so that there is a paper trail for Apple should you turn out to be a nefarious type trying to sideload malware into their browser. Let me know what exactly is wrong with that once you get your head from out of your behind.
Safari Reader FTW! (Readability Knockoff?)
Fantastic - no more need for greasemonkey scripts to clean-up fugly sites!
*cough* thereg *cough*
I had just loaded up the Readability add-on for firefox and it does do an OK job.
Of course now that Apple have built this in, Mozilla will fall over them selves to out do them :-)
I just <3 browser competition, it keeps everyone on their toes.
Mind you I wonder what Advertisers will make of this... heh, is that screaming I hear?
wait for it...
...they could call the ad-blocking extension: iDontDoAds... mwah ha ha ha!!