Safari 5, now available for Mac and PC

Apple has updated it's flagship web browser to the latest version, 5 without even a plug during today's Steve Jobs keynote. The new release promises even more HTML 5 compatibility as well as a new "reader" view that removes unwanted ads,etc.

Summary of the new features include:

  • Safari Reader
  • Even Greater Support for HTML 5
  • Better Performance
  • Bing Search
  • Safari Extentions

I can attest to the fast speed, websites load noticeably faster including tipb.com. My super scientific tests had me loading our page in 2 seconds, not to shabby. Not sure if it is the Nitro JavaScript engine or the DNS prefetching, but something sure is at work. However, I have been unsuccessful getting the Reader function to appear, I even tried accessing Spin as Apple does on their page with no luck. Another useful tidbit to mention is the inclusion of extensions with Safari 5. It is a little too early to see what this brings, but it can't be bad. Hopefully a developer can port existing extensions from Firefox or Google Chrome easily to Safari 5.

How about our readers? Are you seeing a speed difference? If you find a site that can take advantage or Reader, post it in the comments!

You can download Safari 5 here.

***UPDATE: In order for Reader to appear, you literally have to click on an article on a website. For example, click on this article in its entirety and the Reader button will appear in the smart address bar.

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Safari 5, now available for Mac and PC

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Reader function didn't come up when I opened TiPb.com, but when I clicked on an article on the website it appeared instead of the RSS feed button.

I'm loving Safari 5. They fixed two of my biggest problems with 4:

  1. Awesome like bar
  2. New pages open in tabs

It is FAST. No more need to use chrome.

Doesn't seem to be any faster than Chrome or FF for me. In fact it's slower loading several sites for me. And the UI starting with 4 is hella boring and lame. Meh.

Oh and they brought back the progress bar in the URL field. I never understood why they removed it because iphone / ipad still had it.

Wanted to be impressed, but was not. Long-awaited extensions may help (though with Apple certification required, probably not), but overall this feels more like a 4.5 than a 5.0 release.

definitely running faster for me on Snow Leopard on a 2007 Aluminum Core 2 Duo iMac than Safari 4 was. AND Flash isn't crashing me as hard, if at all, than it was in Safari 4

@chatnoir80: There's a workaround for the Netflix issue by enabling the developer menu and setting the user agent to Safari 4.1. It's a Netflix issue and obviously someone put something along the lines of "browserversion = 4" instead of "browserversion >= 4" for the Safari specific code support on their website.
I think the browser is about as fast at loading pages as it was before, but the progress bar can make it appear slower because it makes it more obvious it is still loading part of the page off the screen when most of it has already loaded.

Not a bad update, but in my (admittedly small) sample size, Chrome is still fair a bit faster, and Chrome having mature extensions, not to mention the ability to set my own search engines, I doubt Safari 5 will woo me back. (Question for those who have been Safari loyalists; is it possible to set up custom or keyword search engines in safari? That is one of my favorite features in both firefox and chrome, and a pet peeve that I could not do in Safari.)

New Safari Killed SplashID. Getting message..... Safari 5.0 (v6533.16) has not been tested with the plugin SplashID.bundle (null) (v5.0.1). As a precaution, it has not been loaded. Please contact the plugin developer (not the SIMBL author) for further information.

Same with me - After updating Safari wont work! Crashes and gives ct plug in message. Any Ideas?

Definitely seemed quicker. I had tried Chrome for a while because it seemed quicker than the previous Safari version. However, I did find it remarkably buggy in term of page rendering and indeed was very unreliable when came to (excuse the dirty word) Flash heavy pages.
Only the Safari 5 did crash first up, but has been fine since.

After installing Safari 5 on my Windows XP laptop, it crashes every time I try to manually type in a URL on the address bar, AS SOON AS I TYPE A SINGLE CHARACTER!. I want to go back to Safari 4!

Don, I have the same problem on Win7.
I was totally convinced that they'll notice and provide an update a day or two after the release, but it seems they only test their MAC versions, I guess... ;)

For those with SplashID problem, SplashID plugin has been updated on June 9, 2010.
Mac OS Desktop - Plugin updated to support Safari 5. Just uninstalled the old plugin and installed the new one and it works fine now.

Can't seem to get ride of the error message upon opening Safari 5.0. Getting message….. Safari 5.0 (v6533.16) has not been tested with the plugin SplashID.bundle (null) (v5.0.1). As a precaution, it has not been loaded. Please contact the plugin developer (not the SIMBL author) for further information.

Safari 5.0 (v6533.16) has not been tested with the plugin SplashID.bundle (null) (v5.0.1). As a precaution, it has not been loaded. Please contact the plugin developer (not the SIMBL author) for further information.
I have the same problem and I dont have the Splash ID desktop version
What do I have to do to get rid of this message?

Safari 5.0 (v6533.16) has not been tested with the plugin SplashID.bundle (null) (v5.0.1). As a precaution, it has not been loaded. Please contact the plugin developer (not the SIMBL author) for further information.
I have the same problem and I dont have the Splash ID desktop version What do I have to do to get rid of this message?