What’s new in Safari 5.1, 5.0.6
When it rains, it freakin’ pours. In addition to yesterday’s OS X Lion launch, Apple also loosed a range of Mac software updates, bringing new features as well as the usual passel of stability and security patches. Here are the details about the new versions of Apple’s WebKit-based browser.
• New Process Architecture: Safari has been re-engineered for improved stability and responsiveness.
• Resume: In the General pane of Safari preferences, you can now choose to launch Safari with the windows from your last browsing session.
• Better Privacy: A new Privacy pane in Safari preferences makes it easy to remove data that websites can leave on your system.
• Private AutoFill: Safari lets you fill out forms quickly while keeping your personal information private.
• Find Option: When you use Find, you can choose whether you want to search for text that contains or starts with the text that you type in the search field.
• Drag-and-drop Downloads: You can drag items out of the Downloads window in Safari, so you can easily place downloaded files on the Desktop.
• Advanced Web Technologies: Safari introduces support for full-screen webpages, media caching with the HTML5 application cache, MathML, Web Open Font Format, CSS3 Auto-hyphenation, CSS3 Vertical Text, CSS3 Text Emphasis, Window.onError, and Formatted XML files.
• New Extension APIs: Developers can take advantage of new Safari Extension support for popovers, menus, new event classes, and interaction with Reader.
• Improvements to the appearance, layout of text w/ HTML5 ruby annotations
• Fixes an issue that causes elements to appear in the wrong place on pandora.com et al
See also: What’s new in iTunes 10.4
Interestingly, Safari 5.1 and Safari 5.0.6 have the same security content, covering the same potential vulnerabilities, some tagged with the words “arbitrary code execution.” Interestingly, a majority of the issues are specific to the Windows versions of Safari.