“Looking to improve its standing in the browser marketplace, Apple Computer has launched an upgrade to its Safari platform, albeit with a definite need to upgrade to the Panther operating system,” Michael Singer reports for InternetNews. “The application lets end users opt for a personal certificate, generated by a certificate authority, instead of a password to securely authenticate to supported Web sites.”
“Apple also released version 124 of its Safari Web kit. The update lets developers put the Safari rendering engine in their applications. The upside is that Safari in general includes built-in Google search; SnapBack to instantly return to search results; a completely new way to name, organize and present bookmarks; tabbed browsing; and automatic “pop-up” ad blocking. Safari is localized for English, Japanese, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Brazilian Portuguese, French Canadian, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Swedish, Korean and Simplified Chinese. The company maintains that its browser is faster than Internet Explorer, Netscape and Mozilla’s Camino,” Singer reports.
“The downside is that Safari 1.2 requires Mac OS X v10.3 (also known as “Panther”), which orphans users running even the most recent version of OS X v10.2x (known as Jaguar),” Singer reports.
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