Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 130 With Bug Fixes and Performance Improvements

Apple today released a new update for Safari Technology Preview, the experimental browser Apple first introduced in March 2016. Apple designed the ‌Safari Technology Preview‌ to test features that may be introduced into future release versions of Safari.

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‌Safari Technology Preview‌ release 130 includes bug fixes and performance improvements for Web Inspector, CSS, JavaScript, Media, Web API, and IndexedDB.

Apple warns that Tab Groups do not sync in this release, and on macOS Big Sur, users need to enable GPU Process: Media from Experimental Features under the Develop menu to address issues with streaming services.

The current ‌Safari Technology Preview‌ release is built on the new Safari 15 update included in macOS Monterey, and as such, it includes several Safari 15 features. There's a new streamlined tab bar with support for Tab Groups to organize tabs, along with improved support for Safari Web Extensions.

Live Text allows users to select and interact with text in images on the web, but the ‌macOS Monterey‌ beta and an M1 Mac is required. There's also Quick Notes support for adding links and Safari highlights to remember important information and ideas.

Other updates include WebGL 2 and new HTML, CSS, and JavaScript features.

The new ‌Safari Technology Preview‌ update is available for both macOS Big Sur and ‌macOS Monterey‌, the newest version of the Mac operating system that's set to release this fall.

The ‌Safari Technology Preview‌ update is available through the Software Update mechanism in System Preferences to anyone who has downloaded the browser. Full release notes for the update are available on the Safari Technology Preview website.

Apple's aim with ‌Safari Technology Preview‌ is to gather feedback from developers and users on its browser development process. ‌Safari Technology Preview‌ can run side-by-side with the existing Safari browser and while designed for developers, it does not require a developer account to download.

Top Rated Comments

3587 Avatar
13 months ago

I have the opposite experience than you (coming from chrome). Safari is faster and with better UI. And chrome consumes much more energy.
Weird. I keep giving Safari a chance and always end up going back to Chrome. I do web development and Chrome is far superior for that.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
vagos Avatar
13 months ago

I’ve switched to Chrome on all of my Apple products… couldn’t be happier! Just too many issues with Safari… pages not loading correctly… pages not functioning correctly… tabs constantly reloading… memory/energy warnings all the time. Make the switch. Everything just works with Chrome. Faster too.
I have the opposite experience than you (coming from chrome). Safari is faster and with better UI. And chrome consumes much more energy.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
3587 Avatar
13 months ago
I’ve switched to Chrome on all of my Apple products… couldn’t be happier! Just too many issues with Safari… pages not loading correctly… pages not functioning correctly… tabs constantly reloading… memory/energy warnings all the time. Make the switch. Everything just works with Chrome. Faster too.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mango316 Avatar
13 months ago
Please fix the random reload of Safari’s tabs! Keep getting error “Webpage was reloaded because it using high resources…” ?
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DaPizzaMan Avatar
13 months ago

Why is safari so bad on iOS after more than 10 years?
This release has nothing to do with iOS...
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
elptdbi3lYI Avatar
13 months ago
It's concerning that they are having so much trouble with sidebar.
Also tabs are still unpolished mess, what used to be simple drags and flicks to rearrange tabs is now uncertainty if your drag will even pick up a tab and if it will pick it up you have to be precise with your drags and drops, you can't just flick them around like you used to.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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