Safari 6.0 only available via Software Update

Safari 6.0 only available via Software Update

Apple has released version 6.0 of Safari for Mac but it’s only available for Lion and Mountain Lion. In addition, you can only update it by running Software Update.

It seems that at the moment, Apple has completely removed the download link for Safari on Mac. However, you can still download version 5.1.7 from Softonic.

Although there are no major innovations in Safari 6, most of the new additions bring it up-to-speed with features already implemented in other browsers. Some of the highlights include:

  • Smart Search Field. Safari now has one field for typing both searches and web addresses.
  • Offline Reading List. Safari saves entire webpages in your Reading List for offline use.
  • Do Not Track. Safari can send the websites you visit a request not to track you online.
  • Password pane. Manage your saved website logins with the new Password pane.

There are also several other minor fixes related to security and user features.

The only way for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and OS X 10.7 Lion users to update to Safari is to run Software Update or and allow the update to install. However, in Lion, the Software Update dialog box does not specify Safari 6 as included but if you run Software Update again after updating, it retrieves Safari 6.0 separately.

It’s not clear whether this is a strategy that Apple intend to pursue for future releases of Safari or whether a download link will be issued at a later stage. However it is possible that it will stick to the policy as a way of encouraging Safari users to keep OS X updated for security reasons.

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