Apple Announces Beta for Safari 4 Browser

safari4Ah, browser wars. They are such fun, aren’t they? Apple just upped its ante with the release of a beta of Safari 4, which they claim is 3 times faster than anything else on the market. The Safari 4 browser includes what they are calling “The Nitro Engine” that supposedly runs javaScript 4.2 four times faster than on Safari 3. I don’t have much time to check this out and since I don’t use Safari on a Tablet or even my iMac (I use Firefox or Google Chrome mostly) I’m no a good comparison tester here. So, if anyone gives this a try let us know what you think.

You can download the beta for both Mac and Windows here. See what else is under the hood after the jump.

  • Innovative new features in Safari 4 include:
  • Top Sites, a display of frequently visited pages in a stunning wall of previews so users can jump to their favorite sites with a single click;
  • Full History Search, where users search through titles, web addresses and the complete text of recently viewed pages to easily return to sites they’ve seen before;
  • Cover Flow, to make searching web history or bookmarks as fun and easy as paging through album art in iTunes ®;
  • Tabs on Top, for better tabbed browsing with easy drag-and-drop tab management tools and an intuitive button for opening new ones;
  • Smart Address Field, that automatically completes web addresses by displaying an easy-to-read list of suggestions from Top Sites, bookmarks and browsing history;
  • Smart Search Field, where users fine-tune searches with recommendations from Google Suggest or a list of recent searches;
  • Full Page Zoom, for a closer look at any website without degrading the quality of the site’s layout and text;
  • built-in web developer tools to debug, tweak and optimize a website for peak performance and compatibility; and
  • a new Windows-native look in Safari for Windows, that uses standard Windows font rendering and native title bar, borders and toolbars so Safari fits the look and feel of other Windows XP and Windows Vista applications.