Apple fine-tunes Safari Technology Preview with big batch of bug fixes

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Preview gives devs early access to advances in Safari web technologies.
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Developers received a new build of Apple’s Safari Technology Preview this morning. The experimental browser gives devs a sneak peek at upcoming web technologies for macOS and iOS.

Safari Technology Preview release 104 contains a huge number of bug fixes and other under-the-hood improvements, and it’s available on both macOS Mojave and macOS Catalina.

Registered developers can download Safari Technology Preview directly from the online Apple developer portal. If you have the previous version of the software installed on your Mac, you can update to the release from the Software Update menu.

What’s new in Safari Technology Preview?

Most of the update squashes some old bugs, but it looks like Apple did add at least one feature: “support for restoring extension tabs across launches of Safari”

Release notes for release 104 provide a long list of resolved issues. There are numerous fixes listed for Web API, Web Inspector and WebRTC. Web Animations, CSS, Media and WebAuthn got some love too. The full list of the changes can be found on Apple’s dev site.

A lot of the technology included in the preview builds of the last year could make their way into the new Safari builds for macOS 10.16 and iOS 14. The previews give developers time to experiment with the changes and give feedback. Both platforms iOS 14 and macOS 10.16 are expected to be revealed at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June.