Apple Now Offers Safari 10 Beta on OS X El Capitan and Yosemite


Apple started offering Safari 10 beta last week to developers testing the macOS Sierra developer beta. The upcoming version of Apple's browser brings a number of new features, along with some security improvements. Starting today, Apple has also made Safari 10 beta available to developers on OS X El Capitan and OS X Yosemite.

Download Safari 10 Beta for El Capitan and Yosemite

Following last week's release of Safari 10 beta for macOS Sierra, the browser is now also available to those on current versions of the operating system. This would ensure that developers won't have to upgrade to a new operating system just to test the upcoming version of Safari. Availability for El Capitan and Yosemite will also help developers to test the browser on a stable operating system, not just on the pre-release beta version of Sierra.

Following Apple's WWDC 2016 keynote, we reported that Safari 10 for macOS Sierra brings a major security feature which will disable Adobe Flash Player by default. Safari 10 will focus on HTML5, however, it will also allow users to temporarily enable Flash when a site doesn't offer HTML5 support. As we have seen hundreds of vulnerabilities that are exploited in Flash to target users in phishing and malware campaigns, Safari 10 will not only offer better security but also improved power efficiency.

While there are a number of features that developers can try out in Safari 10 beta, some features are specific to macOS Sierra, including picture-in-picture support. Here are some of the Safari 10 features that you can test in OS X El Capitan and Yosemite.

Safari 10 in OS X El Capitan and Yosemite

  • Safari Extensions
  • Development of Safari App Extensions (El Capitan)
  • New Bookmarks sidebar, including double-click to focus in on a folder
  • Redesigned Bookmarks and History views
  • Site-specific zoom
  • Improved AutoFill from your Contacts card
  • Reader improvements
  • HTML5 and legacy Plug-ins
  • Allow reopening of recently closed tabs
  • Spotlight suggestions for Top Hits (El Capitan)
  • Back closing spawned tabs
  • Improved ranking of Frequently Visited Sites
  • Web Inspector Timelines Tab
  • Debugging using Web Inspector

Developers can find more details and download Safari 10 beta from Apple Developer Center.