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Apple updates WebKit and adds new features to Safari

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Apple’s latest version of Safari was announced at WWDC as part of the new macOS Sonoma. The new browser version brings new privacy features that include the ability to lock your browser window, block trackers, and remove URL trackers. Safari can now share passwords and access keys with groups using iCloud Keychain. The transmission is carried out using end-to-end encryption.

Perhaps Safari’s biggest new feature is the ability to create profiles. Now, when browsing, you can sandbox your activities separately for things like work and personal browsing. This feature will help prevent data and trackers from getting mixed up with each other and help you browse in a more organized way.

New Web App and Dock functionality.
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Apple is refocusing on WebApps, allowing developers to take advantage of the new Add to Dock feature so you can quickly access this software. Safari is built on the WebKit engine, which is also receiving a slew of updates that include features like adding vibration support for controllers, support for external webcams in the iPad version of Safari and AVIF support for older ones. macOS releases start with Big Sur.

Apple claims Safari is the “best way to browse the web” and is the “fastest browser in the world.” Notably, iOS and iPadOS third-party browsers still require WebKit to run under the hood.

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