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:
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 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.
Full release follows: