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Apple Safari for Mac

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Safari has been Apple's Web browser for many years, and the company keeps making improvements to it at regular intervals. Originally designed to be a Web browser with the Mac OS look and feel, Safari has been part of the Apple family a long time. Apple support isn't the only reason to use it, though; it has other strengths.

With the latest releases, you can do many tasks that used to require multiple apps or a lot of keystrokes. For example, you can send a tweet or post content to Facebook from within Safari. If you visit a site on your MacBook or iMac and have iCloud integration, the same page can be pushed to your iPhone or iPad so you don't have to look for it twice. There's a private-browsing feature that hides your tracks, too. In the recent versions of Safari there aren't separate search and URL fields; there's one text-entry area and Safari figures out what you want. Autofill and smart-search options suggest Web sites before you've typed the entire URL. There's support for multiple browser windows with thumbnail overviews, with quick zooming in and out.

While the era of radical changes to Web browsers has gone by, small improvements that help navigation and cut down on keystrokes are always welcome. Safari has always been the standard browser of Mac users, and by continuing to develop its product, Apple has kept it that way. The latest version of Safari continues that tradition.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "cool app!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    February 15, 2014  |   By ROBBY131313

    Version: Apple Safari 6.0.4

    Pros

    cool app!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Cons

    there are no any!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Superfast, stable, beautifully designed browser"

    April 11, 2013  |   By iMercy

    Version: Apple Safari 6.0.2

    Pros

    Renders pages nicely, easy to use. Like Reader and Reading List features.

    Cons

    There are some issues to fixed in current version.

    Summary

    Browser is a personal choice. Its a superfast, stable browser.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Significant improvement over previous version."

    March 27, 2013  |   By markomdmph

    Version: Apple Safari 6.0.2

    Pros

    Significant improvement over previous version; faster and cleaner, more compatible with Mountain Lion.

    Cons

    Still does not handle PDF documents properly.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "THE WORST PERFORMING SAFARI YET"

    January 10, 2013  |   By Appletechsupport

    Version: Apple Safari 3.1.2

    Pros

    There are really no pros in this version of Safari which collides with Mountain Lion.

    Cons

    Does not load, freezes, slow, almost useless

    Summary

    After downloading Safari 6.0 for compatibility with Mountain Lion, it has proven to be the worst. We suggest using google Chrome,Opera,Firefox.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "My Favorite Browser!"

    December 15, 2012  |   By Jac151

    Version: Apple Safari 6.0.2

    Pros

    Mountain Lion:
    Very snappy.
    Very elegant interface.
    Very well integrated into OSX
    Very Integrated with iCloud.
    Amazing gestures (swipe back and fourth, zoom in, tab view...)

    Cons

    -Can sometimes hang for a few seconds, occasionally.
    -No "Save As" function for downloading content, though you can do this by clicking Option-Enter with the URL.
    -Not a huge list of extensions (I don't use them, but I know some people do).

    Summary

    Overall, Safari is the best browser for Mac. I have heard that it isn't very good on Lion, but if you are on Mountain Lion, give it an honest chance!!

    This browser is certainly very fast, maybe not the absolute fastest, but one of the best. However, the integration is the key to Safari. The smooth swipe gestures to go back and forth between pages is beautiful, and handy if I don't want to load the previous page, but take a quick look at one line (you can swipe complete to reload the page, or just a little to see a part of it, like a book.) The smart zoom and pinch to zoom features are quite handy. I rarely use the Tab View, but it can be useful.

    Other browsers, like Chrome, have a few of these gestures, but they are far less appealing. Safari is the only browser with this level of finish, and will remain the only one due to Apple's development. Safari just works for me, and the UI is what keeps me.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "What a piece of utter crap"

    November 29, 2012  |   By ophelia550

    Version: Apple Safari 6.0.2

    Pros

    Absolutely none.

    Cons

    The damn thing won't run on 10.7.5 and freezes my computer.

    Summary

    *** Apple. Do I have to go use a PC to be functional in the most basic things?

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Perfectly nice"

    November 20, 2012  |   By chiplynar

    Version: Apple Safari 6.0.2

    Pros

    Everything I need

    Cons

    Not yet discovered

    Summary

    Better than the others

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  • 1.0 stars

    "irresponsible offerin"

    November 10, 2012  |   By jbryson--2008

    Version: Apple Safari 6.0.2

    Pros

    sounds good on paper

    Cons

    there is (a) no warning that this update will not work on 10.6 or 10.7, (b) no system check before installation to see if the operating system is compatible, (c) no system for uninstalling after you discover that safari is now locked up and inoperative. thanks for screwing up a couple of days for me!

    Summary

    To users: read these reviews and make certain that you have 10.8 installed before doing anything with this.
    To Apple: either note what operating system is needed, provide a check for compatibility, or all of the above.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Apple owes Lion users a fix patch"

    November 9, 2012  |   By waxwoks_2k30

    Version: Apple Safari 6.0.2

    Pros

    There are none.

    Cons

    Agree with the above users. We got screwed. Not that theyll listen , but Apple needs to hear about this and a fix demanded. DONT USE WITH 10.7 !

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Don't put this version on a Mac with Lion - 10.7.5"

    November 9, 2012  |   By loushain

    Version: Apple Safari 6.0.2

    Pros

    Works good on my Mac Pro with 10.8.2 Mountain Lion OS.

    Cons

    I installed this on my wife's iMac with 10.7.5 Lion, it installed fine, but a dialog box informed me that it wouldn't run on her machine. Again, the installer let me install it on here machine. After I installed it, I tried to run the older version of Safari, and no version of Safari would run on her machine. I then spent hours and tried everything from a complete system reinstall to various fixes I found over at the Apple site, all with no luck. Her machine is too old to run Mountain Lion, so that's not an option. So, I have her running Firefox and she really doesn't know the difference, but I am really upset that the Safari installer allowed the installation, and a no go. I also found the downloadable version of Safari 6.0.2 for Lion, and still a NO-GO!!!!

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