Macos Big Sur Preview Safari HeroSource: Rene Ritchie

What you need to know

  • Apple has made Safari Technology Preview 130 available for download.
  • Builds are available for macOS Monterey and macOS Big Sur.
  • Improvements to Web Inspector, CSS, Media, and more are included.

Apple has made Safari Technology Preview 130 available for macOS Monterey and macOS Big Sur. Both updates can be downloaded for free from the Apple developer website.

The updated build of Safari comes in different versions depending on which version of macOS you're running, but the changes are the same across the board. Those changes include improvements to Web Inspector, CSS, JavaScript, Media, and more. There are issues to note, however, with Apple pointing out that Tab Groups do not sync at all with this version of Safari.

Apple also notes that special requirements are in play for macOS Big Sur users, too.

Note: Tab Groups do not sync in this release. On macOS Big Sur, this release requires enabling GPU Process: Media option from Experimental Features under the Develop menu to address issues with streaming services.

The full release notes are available online while those looking to download the update themselves can go and do exactly that right now, too.

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Apple's Safari Technology Preview gives developers "an early look at upcoming web technologies in macOS," including "the latest layout technologies, visual effects, developer tools, and more."

Safari is generally accepted to be the best Mac web browser around, although Google would likely have a few words to say about that.

Apple will be updating Safari across the board when macOS Monterey ships this fall. That's likely to take place around September time and developer and public betas are currently underway to try and make sure that happens with as few issues as possible.

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