Apple's Safari 5 web browser debutsSafari 5 available for Apple Mac and Windows PCs

08 June 2010

Apple releases Safari 5 browser

Apple has launched Safari 5 for Mac and Windows, the latest version of what Apple claims is the world's 'fastest and most innovative web browser'.

Apple's Safari 5 release comes hot on the heels of the launch of Apple's latest iPhone - the Apple iPhone 4.

Apple says that Safari 5 for Macs runs Javascript 30% faster than Safari 4, more than twice as fast as Firefox 3.6, and 3% faster than internet giant Google's Chrome 5.0 browser.  

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Download Safari 5

Apple says that Safari 5 is available for both Mac and Windows operating systems as a free download at

  • Safari 5 for Mac OS X requires Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.8 or Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.2 or later. 
  • Safari 5 for Windows requires Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista or Windows 7, a minimum 256MB of memory and a system with at least a 500 MHz Intel Pentium processor.

Safari 5 speed

As well as a 30% performance increase over Safari 4, Safari 5 boasts:

  • Safari Reader - this tool makes it easier to read articles on the web by presenting them in a scrollable, clutter-free view. When Safari 5 detects an article, users can click on the Reader icon in the Smart Address Field to display the entire article, including options to enlarge, print or send via email.
  • The ability to choose Google, Yahoo! or Bing as the search engine. 
  • Improved tools for web developers, including more than a dozen new HTML5 features for web developers such as HTML5 video featuring full screen playback and closed captions.

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