See the whole wide web.
With Safari, nothing comes between you and the web — not even the browser window. Now you can see web pages full screen, free of desktop distractions. Which makes everything you do on the web an even bigger deal.
Safari on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch is a big deal too. Because you don’t just browse a scaled-down, mobile version of the web. You see a web page the way it was meant to be seen. And Safari takes advantage of Multi-Touch technology built into these devices. When you turn your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch on its side, the web page reformats to fill the window. Zoom in just by double-tapping, or by pinching and extending your fingers. Of course, no matter how you access it, Safari is always incredibly fast and easy to use.
The world’s most innovative browser.
Tap, swipe, scroll. And browse.
Multi-Touch gestures are built into Safari on OS X, so you can tap, scroll and swipe your way round the web. Pinch in on the trackpad, and you’ll see your open tabs. Swipe left or right to go back and forth between web pages. To get a quick, closer look at part of a page, double-tap with two fingers. Then tap again to return to the original size. Pinch to zoom in and out more precisely. Scroll up or down with two fingers. Smooth momentum scrolling makes Safari an even more natural way to browse.
Your personal Reading List. Anywhere you are.
When you come across an article, a website or something else you find interesting, save it to your Reading List. It’s a handy place to keep everything you want to read, watch or browse whenever you have the time. Reading List shows you the name of the web page, the website it appeared on and a preview of the first few lines. You can read the web pages saved to your Reading List even when you’re offline. And as soon as you add something new, iCloud updates it across your devices — iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac.
See your sites at a glance.
With Top Sites, Safari keeps a running tally of the websites you visit and creates a graphically rich page that displays up to 24 thumbnails of your favourites. That makes it easy to spot the site you want to visit, and to open it with a click.
The best way to read the web.
Safari Reader banishes those blinking and flashing ads that distract you from your online articles. Say you’re browsing your favourite news site. Safari can tell if you’re on a web page with an article. Simply click the Reader button to the right of the Smart Search Field, and the article — every page of it — instantly appears in a continuous, clutter-free view. Email, print or zoom with a click using convenient onscreen controls. And if you change the size of the text, Safari remembers it the next time you view an article in Safari Reader.
Always find your way back.
Sometimes you want to return to a web page you’ve visited before, but you can’t remember the URL or how you found the page. Safari helps you retrace your steps. The powerful search feature stores all the text of every page you visit, so it can instantly find sites from even the sketchiest search terms. Type in just one or two words. Safari not only shows you the web pages it found, but you can flip through previews of them just as you flip through album art in iTunes. Which makes the right website even easier to spot.
Flip through your bookmarks.
Browse through your bookmarked websites and login pages the same way you use Cover Flow to search for albums in iTunes. Spot the right website, and with a click, Safari takes you there instantly. Away from your Mac? iCloud saves and updates your bookmarks on all your devices, so you can quickly pull up a favourite page on whichever device you have handy.
Technology that invites innovation.
Speed to burn.
Safari sets high standards for standards.
Standards matter. Before standards, every browser had its own way of doing things. With standards, every browser’s on the same page. Great for developers, standards let them create sites that work on all browsers out of the box. Great for the browsing public, they ensure that you enjoy a great experience on every site you visit. And these technologies are free for anyone to use.
That’s why Apple has adopted and taken an active role in defining standards, such as HTML5 and CSS3, that ensure consistency and push the boundaries of what’s possible on the web. Advancements in web standards mean that leading-edge Internet experiences — rich media and interactive graphics, for example — are available to everyone.
Safari was the first browser to support HTML5 audio and video tags. They allow developers to integrate media directly into standard web pages. Full-screen and closed-caption support for HTML5 video lets developers deliver a richer and more accessible video experience. With geolocation support, websites can customise content for users who choose to share their location. Web notifications in Safari are a way to keep users informed about anything related to a developer’s website — an update, a message or any interactive element. And by supporting HTML5 offline technologies, Safari allows web-based applications to store information on your hard drive, so you can use them even without an Internet connection.
Safari was also the first browser to support CSS3 Animations, which bring a new level of interactivity to the web, and CSS Effects, which let developers add polish to websites by stylising images and photos with eye-catching gradients, precise masks and stunning reflections. CSS Filters now enable advanced effects and animations that tap into hardware acceleration for fast, smooth rendering.
Apple has also consistently demonstrated its leadership in supporting the latest standards by passing both Acid 2 and Acid 3 before any other browser. Designed by the Web Standards Project, Acid tests confirm a browser’s ability to handle the latest web standards.
Innovation starts with WebKit.
WebKit is the technology at the heart of Safari. Powering Safari on Mac, iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, WebKit displays graphics, renders fonts, determines page layout and supports the interactivity of the sites you visit.
Introduced by Apple engineers, WebKit simplifies web development and accelerates innovation. An open source engine, WebKit is free for anyone to use. In fact, an entire community of engineers is refining and streamlining the code to be faster and more reliable — all in the interest of making the web a better place. On over 900 million devices, WebKit is pushing the possibilities of the modern web.
The browser that looks out for you.
The worry-free web.
The web can be a scary place. But not when you use Safari. To keep your browsing your business, Safari offers Private Browsing. Simply turn it on, and Safari stops recording the sites you visit. It also stops storing your searches, cookies and the data in online forms you fill out.
To prevent companies from tracking the cookies generated by the websites you visit, Safari blocks third-party cookies by default. It also provides built-in pop-up blocking, so you don’t have to be bothered by unwanted ads.
The Privacy pane in Safari preferences gives you more information about and control over your online privacy. You can see which websites are storing data that could be used to track you online. You can clear website data, customise cookie settings and decide whether websites can request your location information. You can also ask websites you visit not to track you online. Read more about privacy protection on the Safari Features page.
Highly secure from day one.
Apple engineers designed Safari to keep your personal information safe, and they continue to build improvements with each new release. For example, all the websites and applications you use in Safari with Mountain Lion are sandboxed, so they can’t use an “exploit” to access information on your system. If a website contains malicious code intended to capture personal data or tamper with your computer, sandboxing provides a built-in blocker that restricts the code from doing harm.
Your personal data is safer on Safari. That’s because Safari protects you from cross-site scripting, phishing and malware attacks that try to obtain your personal data. So if you visit a site that might contain phishing or malware content, Safari alerts you and won’t open the page. Safari makes it easy to see when your connection to a website is encrypted. With EV (Extended Validation) Certificate support, Safari highlights legitimate websites and businesses, so you feel confident about purchasing items or sharing personal information online.
Safari also provides secure encryption technologies to prevent eavesdropping, forgery and digital tampering while you browse the Internet. It offers standards-based authentication for logging in to secure websites, and it supports the most popular proxy protocols. With Safe Downloads, Safari tags each download with information about when and where you downloaded it and reminds you where it came from the first time you open it. To keep your browser up to date and secure, Safari also provides easy access to the latest security updates via Apple Software Update. To learn more about security in Safari, visit the Safari Features page.