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Apple’s Safari Technology Preview 84 Adds New Favorites Page, Weak Password Warnings, More

Apple’s Safari Technology Preview 84 Adds New Favorites Page, Weak Password Warnings, More

Apple on Wednesday released Safari Technology Preview 84, the latest version of their developer preview web browser. The preview version of Apple’s popular browser offers developers and other interested users the ability to try out features that may or may not, debut in future public release versions of Safari.

The release brings new Safari 13 features that will debut in macOS Catalina, including a new Favorites page and a feature that prompts the user to change a password when a weak password is used.

Release 84

This release covers the same revisions of WebKit from Safari Technology Preview 83, but includes new Safari and WebKit features that will be present in Safari 13. The following Safari 13 features are new to Safari Technology Preview 84:Refreshed Favorites Design. The Favorites page has been visually refreshed, and now includes Show More and Show Less actions.

Switch to Tab from Smart Search Field. The Smart Search Field now offers switching to an already-open tab when a search query matches the title or URL of an open tab.

Warnings for Weak Passwords. When signing into a website with a weak password, Safari will prompt you to visit the website in a new tab to upgrade the password to an Automatic Strong Password. Safari uses the well-known URL for changing passwords (/.well-known/change-password), allowing websites to take users directly to their change password pages. The password list in Safari Preferences has also been updated to flag weak passwords.

Many more WebKit features in Safari 13 are present in this release of Safari Technology Preview and have been in past releases. You can read more about these changes in What’s New in Safari 13 Beta.

The update can be downloaded from the Safari Technology Preview website, or if the browser is already installed, it can be updated via the “Update” tab in the Mac App Store. Full release notes for the update are also available on the Safari Technology Preview website.

While the preview is intended for use by developers and advanced users, in order to provide Apple with feedback on the development of the Safari browser, it can be run side-by-side with the release version of Safari. The app doesn’t require a developer account to download and install. For more information, visit the Safari Technology Preview website.

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