Even my Mac has about an order of magnitude more apps, utilities, and tools than any sane person would need; but they’re neatly organized and kept up to date. One category of apps that I collect that makes no sense whatsoever is web browsers. They all do much the same thing, so explain why I have Safari, Chrome, Chromium, Firefox, two versions of Opera, iCab, OmniWeb, and half a dozen specialty browsers, plus WebKit (from which Safari is built)?
Plus, a new version of Safari. This one is called the Safari for Developers Technology Preview. Unsurprisingly, it looks, smells, walks, and talks like Safari, but it has a few new features that may or may not show up in Safari of the future. But Safar DTP is here today.
That’s because Safari’s developer preview is Safari. It’s just a Safari from the future but it won’t muck up the space time continuum if you run your regular Safari at the same time as the developer preview.
Safari of the future has features that won’t be found in present day Safari but there’s nothing to knock your socks off. In fact, you’ll be hard pressed to find many differences. Safari of the future handles more CSS options like backdrop filters, scroll snapping, and the always popular pseudo-classes in CSS4.
A few features and functions you might like but are more for developers than average earthlings of this era include content blocking. That’s Apple Speak for ad blocking. Not only does is play video through to AirPlay on Apple TV, but there’s FairPlay streaming built in, too. FairPlay? That’s Apple’s digital rights management tool to prevent someone from stealing music and video and playing it just any old place. Like on Chrome or Firefox.
Be forewarned, though. This is Safari of the future, so it may not be fully in phase for use in 2016. Treat it like a beta version of Safari, Apple’s browser of the future, so it’s possible it could go all wonky and make your Mac invisible. Or, at the very least crash more frequently than Safari of the present.
One thing Safari of the future doesn’t have is a version numbering scheme from the future. For example, the latest Safari is 9.1. Safari Technology Preview? 9.1. Chrome, as of today, and it changes quickly, is 49.0.2623.112. Firefox is 45.0.2. That means Safari of the future can’t keep up with browsers of 2016. At least, when it comes to version numbering.