Mac OS 10.6.4, Xcode 4, and Safari 5 at WWDC

I had previously mentioned that a new version of Safari could be released at WWDC, but some details have made their way out. Below are some of the features it’s supposed to have:

  • Safari Reader: Click on the Reader icon to view articles on the web on a single, clutter free webpage
  • Improved performance: Safari 5 is supposedly going to execute JavaScript up to 25% faster than Safari 4. It will also have better page caching and DNS prefetching to speed up your browsing experience.
  • Bing Search Option: While I see no use for this, as Bing has shown some biased results in the past. Also, using Glims, this feature is already available to whoever wants it. 
  • Improved HTML5 support. Safari already has some decent HTML5 support, but Safari 5 is supposed to improve that with over a dozen new HTML5 features. 
  • Safari Developer Tools: A new Timeline Panel in the Web Inspector shows how Safari interacts with a website and ids areas for optimization. Also, there will be new keyboard shortcuts that make navigation easier
  • Smarter address field: This will allow Safari to match text against titles of webpages in history and bookmarks
  • Better tab settings: Open pages in new tabs instead of new windows
  • Hardware acceleration for Windows: Windows will take advantage of the graphics card to smoothly display media on the PC as well as the Mac. 
  • History to include date
  • Private browsing Icon displays when private browsing is in use. It can be clicked to turn the feature off

These features come from macgeneration.
Macrumors claims that Xcode will see a large update as well, although they don’t go into detail. They also expect Mac OS to be updated with a few bug fixes.

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