Safari is a web browser developed by Apple. It is available on macOS and iOS.
Safari was unveiled by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs as the default browser on Mac computers in 2003, using WebKit, their proprietary fork of KHTML engine.
Safari remains the go-to browser for Mac and iOS devices, thanks to its intuitive design, efficient tab management features and advanced security measures like Intelligent Tracking Prevention which blocks cookies from tracking your browsing activity across the internet.
Safari also syncs passwords, credit card numbers, and other protected data with iCloud Keychain for easier syncing across mobile and desktop versions of Safari. These features are available both desktop and mobile Safari browsers.
Safari also includes a Reader view, which strips out navigation and ads so you can read websites without distraction. Other features such as iCloud Tab Browsing and Auto-fill can help save time filling out online forms; while automatically recognizing website content presents it in an attractive format. Finally, Dark Web monitoring alerts users if their information has been compromised.
It is based on WebKit.
WebKit is the rendering engine used in Apple’s Safari web browser and other iOS web browsers, as well as by other applications on macOS and iOS, such as Mail, the App Store and Microsoft Entourage personal information manager.
WebKit began life as a fork of KHTML, an open-source KDE project, in 2001 and initially developed solely for iPhone/iPod Touch compatibility; however, over time other platforms such as Linux GNOME Web on Desktop, Adobe Integrated Runtime Runtime (AIR) Runtimes and Enlightenment Foundation Libraries (EFL) have seen WebKit deployment as well.
Chrome and Firefox both utilize modified versions of WebKit; although Apple allows other browser engines within their iOS ecosystem, none offer the same level of integration with Safari.
Some developers argue that Apple’s requirement of WebKit as the web platform of choice is anticompetitive and may hinder it from becoming an open, standards-based platform. Furthermore, such policy may lead to decreased privacy and battery life.
It is available on Windows.
Safari was available for Windows for several years before its discontinuation by Apple and lack of interest from users. The last version released for Windows in 2012; so if you’re keen on downloading Safari on Windows again then perhaps looking into alternatives instead, such as cross-browser testing applications that enable testing across multiple browsers can make your life much simpler – particularly helpful to creators and app designers who need to test their work across various browsers often; using such free services is a good way of doing just that!