Safari Technology Preview 130 is now available for macOS Monterey & Big Sur

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Macos Big Sur Preview Safari Hero (Image credit: 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.

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.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.