Add Safari 5 as a good WWDC bet: Bing search, 25% faster, “Safari Reader”, more HTML5 support

Add Safari 5 as a good WWDC bet: Bing search, 25% faster, “Safari Reader”, more HTML5 support ...

AppleInsider is citing a French report that shows documentation for Safari 5, making it a strong candidate to be announced this week at Apple’s WWDC.

The documentation points to many new features, including a Safari Reader to “view articles on the web in a single, clutter-free page”. The new browser will render JavaScript 25% faster than Safari 4, and will also add Bing search in addition to Google and Yahoo! search.

Included HTML5 features will include geolocation (yay!), full screen and closed capturing of HTML5 video (what no improved Flash support ;-)) and a number of other developer focused HTML5 additions.

Other improvements include:

  • “Smarter” address field input
  • Hardware acceleration for Windows
  • Automatically opening new pages in tabs instead of windows (this will be very welcome)
  • A private browsing icon when Private Browsing is enabled
  • XSS Auditor to fight against cross-site scripting attacks
  • Top Sites / History button to quickly switch between the two

It’ll be interesting to see how Safari 5 stacks up against the other modern browsers, and what, if any, improvements come to other Apple devices, especially the iPad, where Safari is turning out to be one of the best “apps” on the tablet.

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