Reader is largely unchanged in Apple's Safari 6.0 web browser, but it remains one of our favourite features.
Now accessible by a large blue-hued button to the right hand side of the address bar, Reader will open a web page in a crisp white floating window, clear of ads or other distractions. It also brings up a handy toolbar towards the bottom of the floating page, allowing users to zoom in and zoom out, email the web page or print it.
Sharing is a completely new feature in Safari 6.0, and comes as a button on the right-hand side of the address bar by default. The button looks just like the sharing icon on IOS devices and enables users to share web sites via email, Imessage or Twitter. Users will soon be able to share via Facebook as well, with this option likely to arrive in IOS 6.
Sharing a web site to Twitter, for example, will bring up a small notebook-like popup, with the web site you want to share attached with a paperclip in a nice visual way. Type "@" and start writing a username and a drop down list will appear with all relevant contacts, making it easy to share with friends on Twitter.
Another option in Apple's sharing feature is to add a web site to your Reading List, which can be accessed via the small glasses icon to the right of the screen. Click it, and you're presented with a list of all the web sites you've opted to read later, which can be read both online and offline.
The final major addition to Safari is Icloud Tabs, which is able to pull in tabs from other Apple computers running Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and, once it's released, IOS 6-powered devices. Unfortunately, we only had one Macbook running Mountain Lion at hand during this review, so we were unable to test the Icloud feature.
Safari 6.0 uses the latest version of Webkit, build 8536.25. Throughout our hands-on testing we found that Safari was faster than ever, finally matching Google Chrome's performance.
While we noticed a few gripes such as the lack of RSS feeds and the inability to tweak Safari's default fonts, Safari 6.0 impressed us as the most advanced version of Apple's web browser yet. With its enhanced speed and abundance of new features, the latest release sees the Apple partisans' web browser finally catching up to Google Chrome. µ
Tabbed browsing is slick, sharing features are handy, faster than previous iterations, Apple's Smart Search is just as good as that found on Google Chrome.
Apple has removed RSS feed option, no way to change default font.
There's nothing ugly about Safari 6.0.