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Safari 6: Tab view, offline reading lists, iCloud tab syncing

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop, Software

Safari Tab View

Today during the WWDC 2012 keynote, Apple revealed the major features that Safari 6.0 will bring with it in Mountain Lion. First, it was revealed that Safari 6 processes Javascript faster than any other browser. As for features, Apple is bringing a unified search URL bar to the browser, which is a very welcome addition. Reading List picks up an offline mode as we uncovered a few weeks ago. There's iCloud tab syncing, a feature that collects all the open tabs across all your devices, allowing for easy access from any of them. You pick up right where you left off. I've been playing with the feature for a few minutes, and it's actually way more convenient than I thought it would be. Lastly, you now have live tab view. On any page, you pinch the page and it zooms out, showing you an iOS-like view of all your open tabs. Swipe through them for a preview of the content, and click (or tap) to go to that tab. Safari 6.0 will ship as part of Mountain Lion in July.


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Safari Reading List to pick up offline mode in Mountain Lion

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Internet, Software

Safari Reading List Offline

While troubleshooting a home network issue today, I stumbled upon a new feature that Apple is introducing in OS X Mountain Lion. Many have referred to the Safari Reading List feature that debuted in Lion and iOS 5 as a glorified list of bookmarks. That's kind of true, although Reading List can also let you know which items you've read and which you haven't, and also gives you a text preview of each item as well. However in Mountain Lion you are able to read your Reading List items even when you're offline.

When you aren't connected to a network and pull up Safari, you get a message that tells you that you aren't connected to the Internet, but that your "Reading List articles are available for viewing while you are offline." Definitely a nice bonus when you wanna read some stuff but have no way of browsing the web.


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