Apple has released Safari 10 beta for OS X 10.10 Yosemite and OS X 10.11 El Capitan. The beta includes changes to extensions, design updates to bookmarks and history views and improvements to AutoFill, Reader, Spotlight Suggestions, re-opening closed tabs and more.
Safari 10 has new features like picture-in-picture video and Apple Pay for macOS 10.12 Sierra however, previous OS X versions are not getting these features. However, they do get a lot of other improvements. One of the best ones is the way closed tabs work. You can now open closed tabs similar to Google’s Chrome browser. Currently, Safari can only reopen one closed tab, but with version 10, you can open any number of closed tabs by pressing Command + Shift + T.
Other updates include changes to Safari Extensions and introduction of App Extensions, which were announced by Apple at WWDC 2016. In the future, extensions will be available for download via Mac App Store.
To download and install Safari 10 beta, you must have either OS X 10.10 Yosemite or OS X 10.11 El Capitan running on your Mac.
Update in Safari 10 beta for Yosemite and El Capitan
- Safari Extensions
- Development of Safari App Extensions
- New Bookmarks sidebar, including double-click to focus in on a folder
- Redesigned Bookmarks and History views
- Site-specific zoom
- Improved AutoFill from your Contacts card
- Reader improvements
- HTML5 and legacy Plug-ins
- Allow reopening of recently closed tabs
- Spotlight suggestions for Top Hits
- Back closing spawned tabs
- Improved ranking of Frequently Visited Sites
- Web Inspector Timelines Tab
- Debugging using Web Inspector
The important thing, though: Safari 10 beta is definitely snappier than Safari 9. You would need to be on the latest OS X 10.11.6 beta to be able to install Safari 10 – it will not install on OS X 10.11.5.
Apple also has a Technology Preview available for Safari which just got its update number 7.