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Compelling Reasons To Upgrade to Safari 5 Right Now

Update: Apple has fixed the rendering issue shown here, but this is what it looked like at launch. Pretty funny…

Apple’s Safari 5 info page in Safari 4:

Apple’s Safari 5 info page in Firefox:

Apple’s Safari 5 info page in Chrome:

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Apple (Almost) Releases Safari 5

A press release with details about Safari 5 was leaked on the web Monday afternoon, then promptly removed.

Many were expecting Apple to release a new version of its Safari web browser during the Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) taking place this week. But the Monday morning keynote was all about the new iPhone. Safari wasn’t discussed.

Then, at about 3:30pm Pacific time, a press release went out over the PRNewsWire service. It was live for a short time — under 10 minutes — before it vanished. The link now returns an error. Apple has yet to update the Safari pages of its website or make any additional announcements. We’re guessing the news item was released mistakenly or prematurely.

Update @ 4:30pm: The release is now available on the Apple website, though the Safari pages still haven’t been updated.

It was live long enough for us to grab a copy, and you can read the full release below. Here are some details.

There’s an extensions framework now. By description alone, Safari Extensions appears to be similar to the lightweight extensions frameworks used by Google Chrome and Mozilla’s Jetpack for Firefox — extensions are written in HTML/JavaScript, installed on the fly, and sandboxed.

There’s also Reader, a built-in app that strips ads, images and other clutter out of the way, presenting news articles and longer reads in a simplified, scrolling, text-only window “without distraction.” Instapaper and Readability, it appears as though Apple is drinking your milkshake.

According to the release, the updated browser will include expanded support for the HTML5 stack, including geolocation, sectioning elements, drag and drop, form validation, Ajax history and WebSocket. There’s also “full screen playback and closed captions for HTML5 video” — though we should note that Apple currently only supports native playback of h.264 video and not WebM, which all other major browsers are backing. No further details there.

Safari 5 uses the new Nitro JavaScript engine, which Apple says is 30 percent faster than Safari 4′s engine. You also get the ability to choose Bing as your search provider (just like in the iPhone 4 demo).

Full release follows:

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