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#1 +Frank B.

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 19:32

Apple Seeds Safari 5.2 for OS X Lion to Developers

Alongside the OS X Mountain Lion developer preview released today, Apple has also pushed out Safari 5.2 for Lion to developers. The update brings a number of new features that will be included with Safari in OS X Mountain Lion later this year.


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Among the new additions are a unified address/search bar, new persistent Reader icon that is blue when available and grey when inactive, and new URL styling to highlight the domain the page is on while deemphasizing other aspects of the URL.


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Apple has not said when it plans to release Safari 5.2 for OS X Lion to the public, but it will presumably do so alongside OS X Mountain Lion in "late summer". Apple just recently began seeding Safari 5.1.4 to developers, and the company will likely continue with the 5.1.x line on Lion until the Mountain Lion launch.

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 19:51

Some of the hi-res cursors that were introduced in OS X 10.7.3 are gone in Safari 5.2, such as the hi-res magnifying glass. I'm hoping this is just a bug.

Also, you can no longer set your own webpage fonts, or always have the tab bar shown:

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 19:52

RSS support is also gone.

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 20:52

Okay, seems the hi-res magnifying glass cursor is still in the Mountain Lion build, although the low-res grabby hand cursor remains on both Lion and ML.

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 23:19

Unified search/address bar and domain name highlighting are welcome features, if not a bit late!

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 23:47

RSS support is also gone.

You know I actually forgot it's there. :/ I never saw much point in it within a browser, nor in Mail.

Loving Safari 5.2 btw.

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 00:49

I would like it if Apple would bring back the ability to always have the tab bar shown, though. As well as still being able to set your own fonts in the rare instance one isn't defined within the HTML/CSS.

Hell, I still think the Safari 4 Beta that had the tabs on top was a great idea, shame it doesn't appear to be coming back. I like the much wider tabs in 5.2, and that coupled with the ability to have them atop the browser window would have been great.

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 00:58

damn I am tempted to download the dev preview hehe
I wanna try the iCloud feature built in and the new safari

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 00:58

I would like it if Apple would bring back the ability to always have the tab bar shown, though. As well as still being able to set your own fonts in the rare instance one isn't defined within the HTML/CSS.


I always thought the "Always show tab bar" option was redundant. If you do View > Show Tab Bar on a window with no tabs, it practically does the same thing. Like Show Status Bar, it's a sticky option.

Hell, I still think the Safari 4 Beta that had the tabs on top was a great idea, shame it doesn't appear to be coming back. I like the much wider tabs in 5.2, and that coupled with the ability to have them atop the browser window would have been great.


Having compared both Chrome and Safari in Full Screen Mode, I can see one of the reasons Apple is keeping the tab bar on the bottom. With Chrome, I usually end up accidentally popping out the menu bar because my cursor gets too close to the top of the screen. I don't ever have the same problem with Safari.

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 01:03

Tabs on top was cool for the sake of it looking different than before. That's it.

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 02:11

Safari 5.2 seems to have nuked auto-correct... :(

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 02:20

There’s something wrong about the interface of that thing …

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 02:21

There’s something wrong about the interface of that thing …

What? It doesn't seem too bad to me. I don't like that some features were taken out, but the UI is otherwise laid out well.

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 02:25

Can someone else confirm auto-correct isn't working in 5.2?

There’s something wrong about the interface of that thing …

I have the same feeling. It's the Reader button that makes the address bar look unbalanced. As if it could tip over at any moment and crash down into the Dock.

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 02:27

What? It doesn't seem too bad to me. I don't like that some features were taken out, but the UI is otherwise laid out well.


I can’t put my finger on what it is…

The Reader button ?
The tabs taking up all the width of the screen ?
The greyed out part of the URL that looks way too pale ?
The Address Bar being so large that it looks like a blank field ?

Can someone else confirm auto-correct isn't working in 5.2?


It works.