Safari has been given a big revamp in OS X Yosemite, and it’s one of my favorite new updates to the operating system as a whole. The team working on Safari took a lot of the elements that makes Safari on iOS a success, and incorporated those into the OS X Yosemite version. The result is a much-improved favorite interface, simplified toolbar, and better tab navigation. Safari for OS X Yosemite is a win all the way around. Have a look at our video walkthrough showcasing these new features inside…

The toolbar in Safari has been redesigned with a simpler look and streamlined controls. It’s a lot less intrusive in OS X Yosemite, yet it still maintains the important functionality that you need to browse the web efficiently.

Safari favorites can now be accessed and managed via a dedicated box, which is accessible by simply clicking in Safari’s search bar. The interface is similar to the interface in iOS 8, which is great news for Safari users in OS X Yosemite.

When it comes to tabs, again the name of the game seems to be iOS-adoptability. This time, Safari takes cues from its iPad counterpart, ushering in a brand new tab view. The tab view makes it extremely easy to access, identify, and switch to different browser tabs in just two clicks. It’ll even group tabs from the same website together.

I’m extremely excited to see Safari turn out so well in OS X Yosemite. On previous versions of OS X, I simply avoided it due to its lackluster favorite capabilities and ineffective tab browsing. I also really appreciate the facelift that the browser has been given overall. It’s just a better looking and better functioning experience altogether.

What do you think?

This post is an excerpt from iDB’s Yosemite Interactive Starter Guide. To learn about some of OS X Yosemite’s most outstanding new features, and to support iDB, you can download it on the iBooks Store for $0.99.

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  • Rock Lee

    Safari doesn’t run as smooth as on Mavericks though. Websites like iDownload blog really load a lot slower an lag a lot. Once fully loaded, there are no issues. The loading is nearly not as smooth though. I have a MBP Retina 15″ mid-2012, fresh clean install of Yosemite. I’m not the only one that experiences this..

    • Yash Gorana

      Safari eats lot of RAM. I have Mid 2011 iMac with 8 GB of RAM and Safari takes almost 1GB.

      In simple words, Yosemite needs lots of compute power to render and compute translucency and other features. The ‘Fan’ animation in dock’s stack lags like anything on my mac.

      • Safari has always been really RAM hungry…and that’s on both OS X and iOS. Glad to see the iPad get 2GB of RAM. And that’s why I always recommend maxing out RAM if it’s feasible for your budget. For example, this MacBook that I use now has the max 16GB of RAM. I don’t think I could function (with my job) properly with anything less than that. Though, I could probably squeeze by with 8 in a pinch.

      • Yash Gorana

        Jeff, have you encountered any lag when scrolling in finder ?

      • Not yet…but again, my rMBP is fairly robust. That said, I’ve encountered some bugs here and there while using Yosemite. Random crashes.

      • I’m not Jeff but this has happened to me a few times. The worst things that have happened to me in OSX Yosemite though is applications not exiting the dock after their process has been quit (not even killall Dock fixes it) and iTunes which is still one of the worst piece of software known to man…

      • James Allen

        I agree Jeff. my mac book pro (mid 2012) i have 16gb ram. and safari uses a lot of ram. when i load up a IDB it loads half the page then rest comes later.

      • Rock Lee

        I have 16GB of RAM, so that’s not the issue. But I’ve found out that AdBlock Extension is the culprit. Remove that, and everything is buttery smooooooth.

      • Yash Gorana

        Adblock is love. Adblock is life.

        I don’t want live nude girls popping up on screen when I am busy writing Swift code.

      • Rock Lee

        AdBlock is love, but not when it totally ruins my browsing experience. I’ll just look at nood girls in the mean time till the Extension gets an update.

      • James Allen

        I agree that makes a big difference to me as well

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      • Kr00

        Late 2009 MacBook Pro 4Gb RAM, and everything is so smooth here. Safari loads much quicker and unopened tabs go into hibernation saving RAM all round. Try using it without extensions. Most extensions haven’t been updated to run on Yosemite yet.

    • Ah, good. Glad you fixed that, because for me it was the exact opposite. Safari is so much smoother on Yosemite.

      • Rock Lee

        Yes, I now really love Safari. It’s buttery smooth. Damn, I’ve been using Yosemite since the first beta for moths. I hoped the final release would be stable, but Safari was still a nightmare. I’m very happy I found out it has to do with the AdBlock extension, cause now everything is very very smooth, even smoother than Mavericks 😀

      • You should block ads using your hosts file (/etc/hosts) this way they apply system wide and you don’t have to worry about rogue extensions that might not have full compatibility with Safari…

      • Rock Lee

        Wow cool, didn’t know that was possible. Any links you can share where I can read in to the matter? I’m guessing I need to work via terminal commands?

      • I use this hosts file which pretty much blocks most ads:


        You just need to paste it underneath what’s in your hosts file at /etc/hosts
        I wrote a small little script to keep it up to date if your interested…

      • Tanay Topaç

        I am quite interested with that. Can you please make a quick explanation.

    • rockdude094

      Holy crap you were right the Adblocker has a major impact on performance.

    • Eli Montoya

      Internet sucks without Adblock.

      • Rock Lee

        true, but browsing sucks even more with bad performance 😉 Anyway I installed Addguard, same principle as AdBlock, but runs perfectly fine!

  • Rahul D.

    For me Safari has been a stellar update. Not only is the browser more responsive and streamlined, its video playing capabilities leave others in dust.

    • Yash Gorana

      Best feature – Show all tabs

  • ND Tou

    And now it’s super slow smh

  • Ashish Maheshwari

    I love everything about Safari, but the only thing that makes me use Chrome is that Safari doesnt remember zoom level of sites i have visited, which is a must! 🙁

  • Matt

    Safari is my favorite part of yosemite, next to continuity.

  • James Allen

    Has anyone tried Duckduckgo Extension?

    • RDSns

      Its not need anymore Duckduckgo is available in the Search pane of the preferences.

  • Slifur

    I really love the new look of safari. But can someone help me stop my safari from refreshing the site like for every 5mins! It’s so irritating like when im live streaming something I need to go back every 5mins just to play it again!

  • I’ve noticed significant decrease in performance of Safari on 10.10. It lagged up so much and sites took way too long to load. I just went back to my good ol’ Chrome! Runs amazing as always and cannot complain. I thought I’d give safari a go on Yosemite but it’s not the right time. Slowness and lack of great extensions are just not appealing.

    • Kr00

      Its not a universal problem, so turn off your extensions, clear caches and cookies, and give it another try.

      • I’ve done that and still! Besides, what’s the point of having extensions when you can even use them? Make’s no sense…

  • Hmm, getting more and more touch friendly…I wonder why

  • Dennis

    Is there any way to have the top sites also on my iphone instead of favorites? On my iphone i use favorites to show them right off, like on OS X with the top sites. But that means that the favourites on my mac are the same as my top sites so they are more or less useless there…

  • Mical Caterina

    Are you kidding? This is the worst Safrai version yet! I was one of the beta testers also and it’s RUBBISH.

  • Smeltn

    man I wish we could get Safari on Windows now.. I want all my favorites to carry over to windows and vise versa..

    Also on a side note, whats the bookmark you have Jeff, 3rd from the last on the bottom row. I see Invoice #4, something?, iMore and Re/code