Apple patent filings suggest future Safari improvements

“A pair of new patent filings from Apple include suggestions for improving the browsing experience offered through its Safari Web browser, such as a adaptive media support and a visual history tree that more accurately shows users where they’ve been and how they got there,” Sam Oliver reports for AppleInsider.

“Both filings are relatively fresh, having been filed in January and April of this year, respectively, and each are credited to known members of the Cupertino-based company’s Mac OS technology and QuickTime teams,” Oliver reports.

“Of particular interest is the filing for improved navigation history display, which suggests that a user’s browser history be presented in the form of a visual tree diagram tied to a timeline, rather than as a linear list of previously accessed pages that otherwise lacks structure,” Oliver reports.

“In the second filing, Apple looks to solve the problem where Mac users are sometimes prevented from viewing digital media — primarily videos — on the Web because Safari lacks the means required for display of that media in its preferred format… As a solution, the company proposes that Safari examine metadata included with the media item to determine whether the content can be displayed in an alternative format supported natively by the browser, or through plug-ins that could retrieved and installed on the spot,” Oliver reports.

More details and patent app illustrations in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Brawndo Drinker” and “MacVicta” for the heads up.]


  1. oh shiny! I want a history tree! When can I get it?

    Seriously, unless you are mcsame and your browser history is under 3 pages for all time, you have to see the advantage in this….

  2. OK, this is off topic but did anyone noticed that first generation iPhone’s triangulation has improved in 2.1?
    It actually works now pretty accurately.
    Is it just me because my area was flooded with WiFi hotspots or is it something that was fixed by AT&T;/Apple

  3. @ Rob–

    Actually, 2.1 made mine worse. Before the update, Loopt put my location exactly where it should be. Afterward, it’s off by about three miles.

    So, I think it is just you. Sorry.

  4. Squirlfish Extreme (SFX) just came out in the webkit nightlies and it is FAST. About 3x as fast as the rescent FF3 nightlies and 20X as fast as IE8Beta on the Sunspider benchmark. I would like to see safari or webkit implement a DNS prefetching system like google’s chrome. I just love browser competition. The browser is slowly replacing the OS as the most important platform.

    As far as the patent regarding web history, they should integrate it with the isight camera so you can have a picture of what you were wearing when you visited a certain page.

  5. wow shent! that is funny!

    don’t be mean Modbus, shent inspires research…. and then you learn things like:

    “McCain should look first to his campaign staffers as the cause of that debacle. One of them was Fannie Mae’s head of lobbying, and spread tens of millions of dollars around Washington in the form of lobbying contracts. A number of McCain staffers were on the receiving end of those contracts, collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars each from the lenders to rep their interests. And McCain’s campaign manager served as president of a lobbying association that fought to protect Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae from the sort of regulation that McCain is now proposing.”

    yeah that “bad black muslim” candidate is the problem! don’t pick on the established candidate!

    “Aquiles Suarez, listed as an economic adviser to the McCain campaign in a July 2007 McCain press release, was formerly the director of government and industry relations for Fannie Mae. The Senate Lobbying Database says Suarez oversaw the lending giant’s $47,510,000 lobbying campaign from 2003 to 2006.”

    but McSame isn’t in their pockets! no it is the guy who took a donation from them, along with millions of other donations. not the guy who is only run by them….

    “And other current McCain campaign staffers were the lobbyists receiving shares of that money. According to the Senate Lobbying Database, the lobbying firm of Charlie Black, one of McCain’s top aides, made at least $820,000 working for Freddie Mac from 1999 to 2004. The McCain campaign’s vice-chair Wayne Berman and its congressional liaison John Green made $1.14 million working on behalf of Fannie Mae for lobbying firm Ogilvy Government Relations. Green made an additional $180,000 from Freddie Mac. Arther B. Culvahouse Jr., the VP vetter who helped John McCain select Sarah Palin, earned $80,000 from Fannie Mae in 2003 and 2004, while working for lobbying and law firm O’Melveny & Myers LLP. In addition, Politico reports that at least 20 McCain fundraisers have lobbied for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, pocketing at least $12.3 million over the last nine years.”

    yeah, lets compare donations.

    but i don’t expect a republican to actually have a grip on “facts” or anything like that…

    “At a campaign rally Wednesday morning in Fairfax, Virginia, John McCain said that the heads of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac ought to give back the millions of dollars they’ve earned. What about the lobbyists who helped Fannie and Freddie game the system? Maybe McCain can ask them — at the next campaign strategy meeting.”


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