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What’s new in Safari 5.1.5

27 March 2012 3,091 views 9 Comments

For users of the Windows version, there are “stability improvements.” On the Mac side, Apple says Safari 5.1.5 addresses a 32-bit issue under both Lion or Snow Leopard — why would a user need to run Safari in 32-bit mode — Ancient code? Esoteric apps? Primordial internet ooze?

Safari 5.1.5, download
■ Contains improvements to usability and stability, including changes that:
— [Lion] Fix for an issue that could affect website usability when running Safari in 32-bit mode.
— [Snow Leopard] Fix an issue that could affect website usability when running Safari in 32-bit mode
— [Snow Leopard] Fix an issue that could affect Software Update stability on OS X Server 10.6.8
— [Windows] Stability improvements

The most recent security information covers Safari 5.1.4 — it’s not unusual for Apple to skip one or more updates without addressing security.

And, should have the need to run Apple’s default browser in 32-bit mode, quit Safari, locate it in the Applications folder, click it and select Get Info from the File Menu. In the window that pops up, click Open in 32-bit mode and dismiss the Get Info window — fire up Safari, good to go.

Can anyone point to a website or web app that requires Safari running in 32-bit mode? I’ve found some fairly esoteric references — i.e. a 32-bit Dynamic Web TWAIN Plug-in — but nothing mainstream.

A little help please…

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