Safari 11.1 in macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 and iOS 11.3 Introduces New Features and Optimizations

by

Both macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 and iOS 11.3 ship with an updated version of Safari, Safari 11.1. Safari 11.1 incorporates many new features that have been in testing in Apple's Safari Preview browser, introducing new web APIs, security improvements, media changes, and more.

Details on the Safari 11.1 update were shared by Apple's Ricky Mondello, and a full change log is available from Apple's developer website.

Animated GIFs can be replaced with silent videos in Safari 11.1 to result in smaller downloads, more available colors, and better decoding performance.

In iOS 11.3, Password AutoFill for apps works in web views within apps, which will make it easier to log into a site without having to copy and paste your password each time. Web apps that are saved to the Home screen on iOS devices and web pages in SFSafariViewController can also now use the camera to capture images.

A new security change provides a "Website Not Secure" warning when a user clicks a credit card field or password entry box on an insecure page, and

Intelligent Tracking Prevention, which prevents websites from tracking you around the web, has been improved in Safari 11.1, and there's a new improved Safari Reader extraction engine to improve the Safari Reader experience.

Service Workers, new in Safari 11, are designed to allow background scripts to power offline web applications, and there are several other new APIs including Payment Request API, Directory Upload, Beacon API, HTMLImageElement.decode(), and an updated Clipboard API.

Safari 11.1 is bundled in to iOS 11.3 and macOS High Sierra 10.13.4, both of which are available for developers starting today. Apple plans to release iOS 11.3 and macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 public betas in the near future.

Tag: Safari

Top Rated Comments

(View all)
Avatar
36 months ago



In iOS 11.3, Password AutoFill for apps works in web views within apps, which will make it easier to log into a site without having to copy and paste your password each time. Web apps that are saved to the Home screen on iOS devices and web pages in SFSafariViewController can also now use the camera to capture images.

A step in the right direction. There is nothing I would like to see Apple do more than to overhaul Keychain into a full-featured password manager app and give 1Password a run for their money.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
36 months ago

A step in the right direction. There is nothing I would like to see Apple do more than to overhaul Keychain into a full-featured password manager app and give 1Password a run for their money.

I'd definitely like to see Keychain itself remain a secure vault managed by the system, as it's always been. But definitely overhaul Keychain Access to make it a more consumer-friendly app. I use it dozens of times a day to grab saved passwords and secure notes. I don't need third-party solutions. But it still feels like a neglected app by Apple that hasn't been updated in years. It works, there's no bugs, but it's just not consumer-friendly. Most Mac users that I know don't even know about it.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
36 months ago
More security features and stronger anti-tracking software update is always welcome. I agree with Keychain being neglected and should be overhauled to mimic or even become better than 1Password as a secure vault for sensitive information.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
36 months ago
iOS 11.3 make my iPhone 6 great again!
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
36 months ago
Safari has become a really great browser and any improvements are always welcome. Looking forward to 11.1 once the final 10.13.4 release is out.

I love and use Safari’s touch bar features all the time. Especially PIP to the bottom right corner, scrubbing, etc. The touch bar has gotten as bad rap but once you get used to it and as its capabilities further evolve, I’m sure more people will come to love it.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
36 months ago
To my opinion, if barely anyone knows about the Keychain app, it points out towards two things:

- users may not know they need it (it allows for more difficult passwords than one naturally would be inclined to use, especially if you take the suggested passwords option into the picture)

- the app is not user friendly as to inviting to use, meaning the full potential is not properly marketed. It is currenty an app that appeals to nerds and security aware people, most probably two names for one group of people.

I am a hefty and satisfied user of the app, but the above two thread comments (by coolfactor and hefty) are making a point: what if it were an app that indeed was more of a valued and less boring feature that appeals a larger public... hmm...

I am inclined to think that it has to extend the potential of our own memory, in an as less obtrusive way as possible. Perhaps that indeed means Apple is dealing with it in a way that fits my expectations.

A most relevant point of thought to me is the unification of passwords and autofill info. I cannot understand why seemingly, passwords are to be separately saved inside the preferences of Safari while these are also in the keychain (app and file I mean). It appears that this info is synced within Safari trough iCloud, separately and independently of the keychain sync in iCloud, be that feature activated or not.

To take a walk in the backyard of the topic, I also find it similarly irrelevant to have a system keychain and an login keychain within the keychain app. Double items are to be found there yet again.

And to finish off this train of thought: what are passwords on iOS doing in the Settings app, and why not place it parallel inside Mac OS, or the other way around...?

The subject defines touches some nerves ;)
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Top Stories

iPhone 12 Pro in Graphite and iPhone 12 in Blue Shown Off in Unboxing Videos

Monday October 19, 2020 8:20 am PDT by
While the iPhone 12 Pro does not launch until Friday, we now have an early unboxing video of the device courtesy of Twitter account DuanRui, providing a closer look at the shiny new flat-edge design and sleek Graphite color option. Ben Geskin re-uploaded the unboxing video to YouTube, which we've embedded below: Geskin has also uploaded an unboxing video of the iPhone 12 in Blue: ...

Kuo: iPhone 12 Pro Demand Higher Than Expected

Sunday October 18, 2020 10:39 pm PDT by
TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo released a research note this morning detailing what he's seen with the volume of iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro pre-orders in the first weekend of sales. Kuo had previously indicated that Apple's estimated shipment allocations for the new iPhone models placed the iPhone 12 at the top with 40-45% of inventory allocation (up from 15-20%). However, ...

New Photos Offer Better Look at iPhone 12 Color Options

Tuesday October 20, 2020 2:34 am PDT by
As we wait for the iPhone 12 review embargo to lift later today, more pictures are circulating of the devices in real-world lighting conditions, providing a better look at the different colors available. Leaker DuanRui has shared images on Twitter of the iPhone 12 in white, black, blue, green, and (PRODUCT)RED. The black and white colors are similar to the iPhone 11 colors, but the other...

Hands-On With Apple's MagSafe Charger for iPhone 12

Monday October 19, 2020 11:54 am PDT by
Alongside the new iPhone 12 models, Apple introduced a MagSafe charger that attaches to the back of the iPhones using magnets embedded both in the charger and in the iPhone. It allows for speedier charging and paves the way for a portless iPhone in the future. MagSafe chargers are shipping out and are in some Apple retail locations now, and we picked one up to check it out. Subscribe to the ...

Some Apple Watch SE Owners Experiencing Issues With Overheating [Updated]

Monday October 19, 2020 11:38 am PDT by
There may be an issue with the new Apple Watch SE, which some users have found is overheating after a few hours of usage. Several Apple Watch SE owners in South Korea have run into problems, as noted in a Reddit post chronicling the complaints. There have been six reports from Apple Watch SE owners in South Korea who have had their Apple Watches get hot and malfunction, with a yellow spot...

Apple's New MagSafe Charger and Cases Begin Arriving to Customers

Saturday October 17, 2020 10:10 am PDT by
Apple's new MagSafe charger and cases have begun arriving to some customers earlier than expected, and images of the accessories have started to surface on Twitter. The photos provide a first look at the products in real-world use. As of writing, some MagSafe cases are also available for pickup at select Apple Stores in countries like the United States, Canada, and Germany. Filip...

Apple Releases iPadOS and iOS 14.1 With Multiple Bug Fixes Ahead of iPhone 12 Launch

Tuesday October 20, 2020 10:06 am PDT by
Apple today released iOS and iPadOS 14.1, the first major updates to the iOS and iPadOS 14 operating system updates that were released in September. iOS and iPadOS 14.1 come a week after Apple released the golden master versions of the updates to developers. The iOS 14.1 update can be downloaded for free and it is available on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app. To access...

Watch: iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro Unboxing Videos and First Impressions

Tuesday October 20, 2020 6:05 am PDT by
Apple's embargo has lifted for iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro reviews. In addition to our detailed review roundups for each device, we've rounded up over a dozen unboxing videos and first impressions below. iPhone 12 in Blue on left and iPhone 12 Pro in Pacific Blue on right via Engadget Key new features of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro include a flat-edge design, 5G support, a much faster A14 ...

Apple Plans to Enable 5G in Dual SIM Mode With Software Update Later This Year

Monday October 19, 2020 9:20 am PDT by
iPhone XS models and newer feature both a physical SIM slot and a digital eSIM, allowing for a feature known as dual SIM, dual standby. This means you can have two lines of service on one iPhone, which is useful for purchasing data-only plans while traveling abroad or having personal and business lines on a single iPhone. 5G will not be available in Dual SIM mode on the iPhone 12 and iPhone...

Brazilian Certifications Suggest iPhone 12 Mini Features 2,227mAh Battery and iPhone 12 Has 2,815mAh Battery

Friday October 16, 2020 1:08 pm PDT by
Apple's iPhone mini has the shortest battery life out of all the iPhones in the iPhone 12 lineup due to its small size, but Apple has not provided public information about the battery's capacity. A regulatory filing from Brazil, however, suggests the iPhone 12 mini has a battery capacity of 2,227mAh. The same regulatory information says the iPhone 12 features a 2,815mAh battery, which is...