New in OS X Lion: Safari 5.1 brings WebGL, Do Not Track and more
Some folks are expecting Safari 6 when Mac OS X 10.7 Lion ships this Summer. Perhaps we’ll get, though in the meantime Apple’s busy packing new features and functionality into version 5.1 of their popular WebKit 2-based browser. Step inside for a closer look.
Back on March 7, Khronos delivered the final WebGL 1.0 specification. Thereupon, Mozilla Firefox 4 and Google Chrome 11 (or better) already have implementation of it built in.
Another new feature in Safari 5.1 is the introduction of Do Not Track, which tells advertisers that they shouldn’t track your online activity with browser cookies. Who knows how effective this will practically turn out, but we’ve written a quick “how to” on the subject — dig in.
With the third Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Preview Release, Apple shipped build of Safari 5.1 (7534.31.2), which includes a new Downloads button (image below) that you can install in the toolbar. However, it’s only accessible via mouse click and pressing Command + Option + L still brings up the Downloads window — combine these two features, Apple, and we will be cooking with gas.
Last on my list so far of new features is Reading List, which looks like Apple’s answer to Instapaper et al (i.e. a way to save articles, etc. for later reading). Given the success and broad availability/integration of Instapaper, I’m wondering why Apple needs an answer to Instapaper.
Then again, maybe Apple will get it right with Reading List — it can’t be worse than Ping, right?
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