There have been rumblings about this for a while now, but it’s official: Safari is now Safari 5, and it’s available right now. From the official press release:
AppleÂ® today released SafariÂ® 5, the latest version of the worldâ€™s fastest and most innovative web browser, featuring the new Safari Reader for reading articles on the web without distraction, a 30 percent performance increase over Safari 4,* and the ability to choose Google, Yahoo! or Bing as the search service powering Safariâ€™s search field. Available for both MacÂ® and Windows, Safari 5 includes improved developer tools and supports more than a dozen new HTML5 technologies that allow web developers to create rich, dynamic websites. With Safari 5, developers can now create secure Safari Extensions to customize and enhance the browsing experience.
â€œSafari continues to lead the pack in performance, innovation and standards support,â€ said Philip Schiller, Appleâ€™s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. â€œSafari now runs on over 200 million devices worldwide and its open source WebKit engine runs on over 500 million devices.â€
Safari Reader makes it easy to read single and multipage articles on the web by presenting them in a new, scrollable view without any additional content or clutter. When Safari 5 detects an article, users can click on the Reader icon in the Smart Address Field to display the entire article for clear, uninterrupted reading with options to enlarge, print or send via email.
Safari 5 adds more than a dozen powerful HTML5 features that allow web developers to create media-rich experiences, including full screen playback and closed captions for HTML5 video. Other new HTML5 features in Safari 5 include HTML5 Geolocation, HTML5 sectioning elements, HTML5 draggable attribute, HTML5 forms validation, HTML5 Ruby, HTML5 AJAX History, EventSource and WebSocket.
It’s the next level of web experience, and it’s a free download. Go get it now – like I’m going to – and let us know how it goes. Report any issues here in the comments.