The macOS Sonoma update also comes with Safari 17, which brings improvements to Apple’s web browser. Apple has updated its Safari technology preview for those who want to test new Safari functionality now. This provides a snapshot of the features available in macOS Sonoma.
Safari Tech Preview 173
For those unfamiliar, Safari Technology Preview is an alternate version of Apple’s web browser that adds experimental features. This allows developers to prepare their websites and web applications for new technologies before they are made available to the public.
Safari Technology Preview 173 is the first release based on Safari 17, which comes pre-installed with macOS Sonoma Beta by default. The new Safari version brings several improvements, including support for JPEG XL and HEIC media formats, and live text support for vertical text.
A breath of fresh air for web developers
Responsive design mode has been updated to “emphasize responsive page design of any width or height on your Mac.” The Developer menu has also been redesigned to make it easier to find the most important tools for building and testing websites and web applications.
Apple also replaced the Experimental Features section, which was quite crowded, with a new feature called Feature Flags. In this list, users can search for specific features they want to try. Experimental features are now categorized by stable, testable, previewable, or developer.
Install Safari Technology Preview
The Apple web browser beta can be downloaded from the Apple developer site can be downloaded. Then all you have to do is follow the instructions to install the app on your Mac. It is important to note that this version does not replace the main Safari app.
The new Safari Technology Preview 173 works on both macOS Sonoma Beta and macOS Ventura. This means that users running the latest official version of macOS can experience the latest Safari changes without having to install beta versions of the operating system.
source: 9 to 5 mac
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