In the realm of search engine giants, Google is supposedly the king. However, Apple’s Safari is trying to catch up. The iPhone maker has published a new update for Safari Technology Preview, the experimental browser, the company first introduced in March 2016. The Safari Technology Preview release is done to test features that may be introduced into future versions of Safari.
Safari Technology Preview Release with macOS Ventura
Safari Technology Preview that was released recently is built on the Safari 16 update and includes features coming to macOS Ventura. The release adds support for improved Safari Web Extensions, new web technologies, Live Text in videos and images, etc. Apple has talked about shared tab groups, syncing for Tab Groups, website settings, and web extensions for making Safari more user-friendly. However the company has not enabled these features in this release.
Here are some of the new Safari 16 features that are now available in Safari Technology Preview:
- Live Text - Select and interact with text in videos or translate text in images on the web in macOS Ventura betas on Apple Silicon-based Macs.
- Web Push - Send notifications to people who opt-in on your website or web app with Safari Technology Preview on macOS Ventura betas.
- Passkeys - Preview the new type of phishing-resistant credential that makes signing in to websites safer and easier. Available through Safari's WebAuthn platform authenticator.
- Improved Safari web extensions - Test API improvements including the ability to open a Safari Web Extension popover programmatically.
- Web Inspector extensions - Build custom tooling or convert existing developer tools extensions to use in Web Inspector.
- Flexbox Inspector - Use the new visualization overlay in Web Inspector to help you easily understand the layout of elements with Flexbox. It marks both the free space and gaps between flex items to reveal how they affect the result.
Unlike prior versions, the latest Safari Technology Preview release is compatible with machines running macOS 13 Ventura. Updates to Safari Technology Preview are no longer available for macOS Big Sur.
Apple’s objective with Safari Technology Preview is to gather feedback from both developers and users concerning the company’s browser development process. A developer account is not mandatory to download the new release. Safari Technology Preview is able to operate with already existing Safari browsers. Therefore even the less tech savvy can give it a try. You can download the Safari Technology Preview here.