One of the things rumored to be appearing during Steve Jobs’ keynote at WWDC today was the next version of Safari, 5. That didn’t happen. But Apple occasionally gives us some quiet surprises, and that appears to be the case today as Safari 5 is in fact being released — at least according to a press release.
While it’s nowhere to be found on Apple’s Safari site yet, nor is it available yet in Software update, the new version is apparently coming today. So what’s in it? Well, like the new iPhone OS, it will have a new option to make Bing the built-in search engine. More significantly, the new version also brings Safari Extensions support — a new feature which will allow you to “customize and enhance the browsing experience.” This will allow the browser, which Apple says is used by 200 million devices worldwide (because they’re counting iPhones and iPads too), to match a key functionality of the rival browsers Chrome and Firefox.
About the new extensions, Apple writes:
Safari is also adding a new feature called “Reader” which will make it easier to read webpages by taking away all the excess design (and ads).
Update: PR Newswire pulled the release.
Update 2: And it’s now live on the site.
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