Safari 9 for OS X Yosemite & OS X Mavericks Released
Apple has released Safari 9 for Mac users running OS X Yosemite and OS X Mavericks. The release adds some of the newer features borrowed from the El Capitan version of the web browser to Safari running on prior releases of Mac OS.
Perhaps the most notable feature added in Safari 9 is the ability to mute audio coming out of other tabs open in the Safari web browser, but there are a few other nice additions, as well as improvements to security.
Release notes accompanying Safari 9 for OS X Mavericks and OS X Yosemite are below:
– Adds controls to mute audio in Safari tabs
– Adds additional viewing options for Safari Reader
– Improves website AutoFill compatibility
The update is available now from the Mac App Store, found in the Updates section.
Advanced Mac users can also find the Safari 9 update from the Terminal-based softwareupdate utility, which can be installed with the following command line syntax for OS X Mavericks:
softwareupdate -i Safari9.0Mavericks-9.0
For OS X Yosemite, the syntax would be:
softwareupdate -i Safari9.0Yosemite-9.0
The update arrives from the same Apple servers, whether obtained from the command line or from the Mac App Store.
Many Mac users have stayed with OS X Mavericks for a variety of reasons, ranging from app compatibility to UI preferences, to general performance. Generally speaking, if your Mac runs great with OS X Mavericks, then you may just want to update to Safari 9 and stay put with OS X 10.9.5, whereas Mac users who are currently running OS X Yosemite are generally well served by updating to OS X El Capitan, which includes the latest version of Safari with even more features, with notably better performance than OS X Yosemite offered.
Those interested in upgrading OS X in general will find that OS X El Capitan is available to download and install now.