Apple has seeded the latest beta of Safari 6.1 to developers today. The beta release is aimed at Lion and Mountain Lion users and brings many of the updates to the browser that Apple intends to bring to OS X Mavericks when it is released. The seed is the 7th in the beta cycle for Safari 6.1 and developers are being asked to test their extensions against the new platform according to our developer resource.
Many of the updates what are planned for Safari in OS X Mavericks which is slated for released later this fall. If history is any indication, once Mavericks does become publicly available, this update to Safari will be available as well to those running Lion and Mountain Lion.
There are a pile of updates in Safari 6.1. According to the seed notes, here is what is expected:
The Safari Sidebar makes it easy to access your Bookmarks, Reading List, and Shared Links. (Shared Links on Mountain Lion only)
Shared Links (Mountain Lion only)
Shared Links shows you links from people you follow on Twitter. You can see who shared the link, as well as the comments they posted about it.
Continuous Reading (Mountain Lion only)
Continuously scroll through all the articles and webpages in your Reading List and in Shared Links. When you select an item and scroll to its last page, the next item in your list automatically appears below it.
Easy Retweet (Mountain Lion only)
A Retweet button in Shared Links makes it easy to retweet links from people you follow on Twitter.
Redesigned Top Sites
Top Sites has a new look and makes it easier than ever to get to your favorite websites. Rearrange sites by dragging and dropping thumbnails.
Safari Power Saver
Safari conserves energy by playing only the plug-in content that’s front and center on the webpages you browse to. Safari displays a preview of the plug-in content on a webpage’s margins, but waits until you click that content before running it, so you only use energy viewing the content you want to see.
Third-party data blocking
Safari blocks third-party websites from leaving data that could be used to track you online.
iCloud Tabs autocomplete (Mountain Lion only)
When you type into the Smart Search Field, Safari shows you webpages in your iCloud Tabs, making it even easier to pick up your browsing right where you left off on another device.
Yandex search built-in
Leading Russian search provider Yandex is a built-in option for Russian users, in addition to Google, Yahoo! and Bing.
Safari sandboxes popular plug-ins, making it safer to run them by restricting what they can do and what data they can access on your system. The Adobe Flash Player, Silverlight, QuickTime and Oracle Java plug-ins are sandboxed in Safari.
Loading PDFs in Safari’s built-in PDF viewer is safer thanks to sandboxing. Sandboxing restricts what a file can do or access on your system, so if PDF file you view on the web contains malicious code, Safari can prevent it from harming your computer.