Apple has just introduced a new version of Safari browser for web developers called “Safari Technology Preview”, which features some impressive technology not found in the consumer version of Safari, The Next Web is reporting. Apple says that Safari Technology Preview, which is a mix of Safari’s stability and the energy of WebKit nightly builds, will be updated every two weeks and that Apple will sign and validate each release.
Apple also says it will look to WebKit nightlies for inspiration for Safari Technology Preview, but that it won’t necessarily work the tech found in those nightlies into the new browser. It’s meant for Web developers who want to build for incoming standard technology, not as a stable version of WebKit nightlies.
To that, it’s easy to consider Apple’s WebKit/Safari builds as competitive with Chrome’s channels. the difference is that the Chrome beta and developer channels are more like playgrounds, while Safari Technology Preview is meant as a forward-facing browser for what’s on the horizon.
Best of all, you don’t have to be a registered developer to download Safari Technology Preview from Apple’s developer website. You can grab it for free using the following link.