Safari 4 Beta Adds Cover Flow, Runs ‘3x Faster’ Than Firefox

Safari 4 Beta Adds Cover Flow, Runs ‘3x Faster’ Than Firefox

Windows/Mac only: Apple today released a new beta version of its Safari web browser, boasting several new features including Cover Flow, full history search, a faster JavaScript engine (dubbed Nitro), and a slew of other new features. Eye candy aside, the most remarkable feature update is the Nitro engine, which claims to run faster than Chrome, Firefox 3.0 (and 3.1, for that matter). We haven’t had a chance to vet any of these claims yet, but we’ll let you know once we do. The rest of Safari’s new features seem less like new features and more like a quick game of catch-up. For example, Safari’s Top Sites feature smells eerily similar to Google Chrome’s homepage, listing “your favourite web sites at a glance.” Likewise, the new tabs on top feature puts tabs along the very top edge of the window—also very familiar to Chrome users. On the other side of the fence, Firefox users may find the new, smarter address bar familiar as well. As an added bonus—as you can see in the first screenshot—Safari actually looks like it belongs on Windows now. Still, none of that copying really matters. We’re happy to see the browser market borrow a good feature or two here and there if it means the competition continues. Safari 4 Beta is a free download, Windows and Mac OS X only. In the meantime, let’s hear what you think of the shiny new Safari in the comments.


  • this is absolutely amazing!!!!

    incredibly fast too and super stunning visual effects that are actually really useful.

    digging the coverflow history search and the top sites with its 3d animations zooming into web pages

  • It has a great visual effect, but is not a good browser, though.
    I have 2 machines; server 2003 and vista x64. It works like a charm in vista x64 with 8800GT but 3D mod is showing left half only in server 2003 with FX5200. Maybe I have to upgrade VGA only for web browsing.

  • I have installed it today and I love it. Of course I still like Firefox more as it has its famous add-ons. Moreover you can drag tabs and choose their order and it’s not possible to do the same on Safari. But for sure it’s much better than the crap IE8.

  • Safari 4 Beta being FAST is a JOKE.
    For whatever reason Safari load web pages slowly.
    At least in the previous I could stop loading & click refresh & then the page would come up. With the Safari 4 Beta it doesn’t make any difference.

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