If you’ve decided to wait for OS X Mountain Lion until all of your apps are compatible, don’t think Apple has forgotten all about you already. The Cupertino company has just released Safari 6 for OS X Lion, which introduces a number of new features, including the smart search field, an offline Reading List, and more.
Safari 6 comes bundled with Mountain Lion, but if you’re not upgrading, you can download it via Software Update. And it’s certainly worth the update if Safari is your primary browser. Here are the new features it brings:
- Smart Search Field. Safari now has one field for typing both searches and web addresses.
- Offline Reading List. Safari saves entire webpages in your Reading List so you can catch up on your reading even when you don’t have an Internet connection.
- Do Not Track. Safari can send the websites you visit a request not to track you online.
- Password pane. Manage your saved website logins with the new Password pane.
- Baidu. The leading Chinese search engine Baidu is now a built-in option for Chinese users.
Safari 6 also “includes improvements to stability, compatibility, usability and security.”
Apple promises that the swipe to navigate feature now works with PDFs, and that issues affecting full screen video in webpages that have positioned content have now been fixed. Safari 6 also restores the state of Reading List when launched, and restores a user’s previous cookies after leaving Private Browsing mode.