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In the recent developer launch of macOS Sonoma at WWDC 2023 in June, Apple showcased Safari 17, a significant upgrade to the tech giant’s web browser. Initially available exclusively with macOS 14, the beta version of Safari 17 is now accessible to Mac users operating on macOS Ventura and Monterey.
What’s new with Safari 17?
Safari 17 Beta Extended to macOS 13 and 12 Users
Safari 17 brings several enhancements, including support for JPEG XL and HEIC media formats and Live Text support for vertical text. Introducing profiles allows users to archive their browsing history and website settings, segmented into “Work” and “Personal” categories. In addition, Safari 17 permits users to share passwords and passkeys with trusted contacts.
Major Updates for Web Developers
Web developers are set to benefit from significant upgrades. The responsive design mode has been revamped to “focus on page design responsiveness at any width and height on your Mac.” The Developer menu has been redesigned, simplifying the process of locating critical tools utilized in creating and testing websites and web applications.
Apple has replaced the somewhat cluttered “Experimental Features” section with a fresh “Feature Flags” setting. This menu enables users to seek out specific features to experiment with. Now, experimental features are categorized into Stable, Testing, Preview, or Developer classes.
Safari 17 Beta Accessible for Earlier macOS Versions
For those interested in testing the new Safari version before its official release without installing the macOS Sonoma beta, Apple has made the Safari 17 beta available to users running older versions of macOS. However, certain features, such as web app support, are only accessible for Macs operating on macOS Sonoma.
The Safari 17 beta is now open to Mac users running macOS Ventura and Monterey.
How to Get Safari 17 Beta?
Apple also recently updated the Safari Technology Preview, incorporating some features that surfaced in Safari 17. For the uninitiated, the Safari Technology Preview is a developer-centric version with experimental features.
To install Safari 17 beta on your Mac, log in with your Apple ID on the Apple Beta Program website and download the most recent Safari beta. It’s important to note that this version will replace your existing Safari app.
Click on Safari 17_for_macOS_Ventura_beta_4.dmg file and download it.
Once downloaded, double-click on the DMG file and install Safari 17 beta.
The official release of Safari 17 is expected to coincide with macOS Sonoma’s launch this fall.