Apple today seeded a new Safari 8.0.3 beta for developers running OS X Yosemite, along with a Safari 7.1.3 beta for Mavericks and a Safari 6.2.3 beta for Mountain Lion.
Registered Mac developers can download the new Safari builds through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store or through the Mac Dev Center. In the release notes for the new betas, Apple asks developers to focus on features like Extensions, Password AutoFill, HTML5 video playback, notifications, and more.
Eight days after releasing and then quickly pulling Safari 8.0.1 for OS X Yosemite, Apple today released Safari 8.0.2 to the public.
The release notes for Safari 8.0.2 are identical to those for Safari 8.0.1 except for the addition of a line noting the problems with the 8.0.1 release.
– Fixes a rare issue in which some users were unable to access Safari after installing the 8.0.1 update.
Other bundled changes from Safari 8.0.1 include fixes for syncing history across devices, autofilling saved passwords, WebGL performance on Retina displays, and Firefox username and password import.
Apple has also released Safari 7.1.2 for OS X Mavericks and Safari 6.2.2 for OS X Mountain Lion.
Apple seeded developers with new versions of Safari for OS X Mavericks (Safari 7.1) and OS X Mountain Lion (Safari 6.2) to parallel continued work on OS X Yosemite. In particular, Apple is asking developers to test general website and extension compatibility for several reasons.
Please test general website compatibility.
– Subpixel rendering is now on by default for all web content. Web sites or in-app web views with extremely tight design constraints may render differently.
– CSS object model getters will return fractional double values based on subpixel layout and rendering metrics instead of rounded integral values.
Please test extension compatibility.
Apple also documents several new WebKit features included in the new versions of Safari including support for WebGL, which allows users to view 3D content without plug-ins. WebGL has been present in Safari for OS X for several years, but is disabled by default. It’s clear, however, that Apple is looking to take WebGL mainstream, pushing development on OS X Safari and bringing it to Safari for iOS later this year with iOS 8.
Apple updated update Safari for Mavericks to version 7.0.3, adding improvements to compatibility, stability, and security. The update includes a new option for turning off push notification prompts for websites, improves credit card autofill, adds support for webpages with generic top-level domains, and fixes several security issues.
– Fixes an issue that could cause the search and address field to load a webpage or send a search term before the return key is pressed
– Improves credit card autofill with websites
– Fixes an issue that could block receipt of push notifications from websites
– Adds a preference to turn off push notification prompts from websites
– Adds support for webpages with generic top-level domains
– Strengthens Safari sandboxing
– Fixes security issues, including several identified in recent security competitions
According to people familiar with the pre-release software, dubbed Safari 7.0.3 for OS X 10.9 Mavericks and Safari 6.1.3 for Mountain Lion and Lion, Apple is asking developers to focus on general website compatibility, push notifications and AutoFill enhancements.
Apple introduced Safari push notifications in version 7.0 of the Mac Web browser, allowing websites to deliver real-time breaking news, important updates and other content via Notification Center.
In addition, Apple is requesting testing of the Login AutoFill feature and generic extension compatibility, while credit card AutoFill is getting special treatment in the OS X Mavericks-only Safari update.
All three seeds can be downloaded individually from Apple’s Developer Center.