Safari is going through big changes when macOS 12 Monterey launches this fall. Apple has updated its browser on all of its devices, but some of the biggest changes are coming to the Mac, with a new look, new functionality, and increased privacy and security.
To get an early look at most of macOS Monterey’s features, you need to download and install a public or developer beta, but Safari is different. Apple offers a preview of Safari technology that offers “a sneak peek of upcoming web technologies in macOS,” and has now published Version 126 for Safari 14.2. For those of you who don’t know, that’s the version that will ship with macOS Monterey and includes some of the new features that will arrive in the fall.
You can download it for macOS 12 Monterey (if you have the beta) or macOS 11 Big Sur, so you don’t need to gamble testing an unfinished operating system on your Mac. It won’t even replace the current version of Safari. Download Safari Technology Preview and it will create a separate version of Safari with a purple icon that includes the optimized tab bar, Live Text, improved web extensions, and sticky notes, along with various backend changes. Apple will push updates to Safari Technology Preview as they become available.
So if you want to give Monterey a try without putting your Mac’s health at risk, you can download the preview here. Just select Safari Technology Preview for macOS Big Sur, open DMG, and run the installer.
Michael Simon has been covering Apple since the iPod was the iWalk. His obsession with technology dates back to his first PC: the IBM Thinkpad with the lift-up keyboard to change the drive. Still waiting for that to come back in style tbh.