Apple Updates Safari With New Homepage, Sidebar, iCloud Keychain, Improved JavaScript Performance & Per Tab Processes

At its WWDC developer conference today, Apple announced the next version of Safari which will launch with OS X Mavericks. The new version, Apple’s Craig Federighi, will feature significantly improved JavaScript performance which Apple says will beat Chrome and Firefox. Safari will now also support OS X’s new Power Nap feature, which will significantly reduce the browser’s power consumption.

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Apple is also adding iCloud Keychain to Safari. This is essentially a cloud-connected password manager for Safari that seems to work a bit like Lastpass. It’ll support passwords, but also save credit cards and other information.

Other new features include one-click bookmarking and a new look for Reader.


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