On January 7, 2003, Apple announced the development of their own web browser called Safari, based on KHTML rendering engine. Apple's web browser was released with the Mac operating system and on the iPhone, but its also compatible with Windows for PC users to enjoy. With its sleek, easy to navigate design,and lighting fast technology, Safari stands out uniquely from the average web browser. Safari uses Nitro JavaScript, making it the fastest browser the internet has seen. It also incorporates useful devices such as an RSS feed and e-mail system for easy access to news and social updates. Safari's new Top Sites page and Private Browsing deem this browser as a user-friendly and secure internet experience. Since its release in 2003 Safari has transformed through the years to become the "world's most innovative browser."

Initially available as a separate download, it was included with the Mac OS X v10.3 release on October 24, 2003, as the default browser, with Internet Explorer for Mac included only as an alternative browser. Now Safari is the only web browser included with the operating system since the Mac OS X v10.4 release on April 29, 2005. Apple has taken an active role in defining web standards with Safari, supporting CSS 3 as well as becoming the first browser to support HTML 5 audio and video tags. Safari also supports HTML 5 offline technologies, allowing web-based applications to store information on your hard drive, enabling you to use them without an Internet connection.

The Safari application is a very powerful browsing tool. It has become a powerful browser because it has over 150 features. Some of these features include CSS animation, effects, HTML Canvas, acid 3 compliance and many more. Safari is convenient because it allows the user to open numerous windows on a single canvas.


Safari 4 uses the new Nitro Engine, executing JavaScript nearly 8 times faster than Internet Explorer 8 and more than 4 times faster than Firefox 3 based on performance in leading industry benchmark tests: iBench and SunSpider. However, these speeds may depend more on your hardware than anything else. When tested by CNET, it was found to run a bit slowly after heavy tab and video playback, and still consumed more RAM in general than Firefox.

Safari's Private Browsing Feature

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Safari's Full History Search allows the user to browse through the websites they have previously visited. Using the sleek new Cover Flow feature, users can take a full-page glance at the sites they may want to see again. It is safe to use a public computer because Safari allows the user to choose the Private Browsing option for when they are browsing in an unsecured location. Private Browsing allows users to search web pages, submit forms and enter in passwords, without saving any of the history, cookies or passwords.

At the Core of Safari the user will still see a browser although Apple has done a good job of bringing the browser experience to a new level. The increased speeds found by using Safari, doing research and surfing on the web becomes faster and allows for more actual looking at sites rather than waiting for the sites to load. Using the Cover Flow feature, looking at history is easier and more enjoyable than what the user will find in other browsers. The browser is able to offer better, faster and cleaner media than other browsers due to the new video and audio rendering.

The Top Sites Page - A Safari 4 Feature

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