Apple Safari RSS review: Apple Safari RSS

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.7
  • Setup and interface: 7.0
  • Features: 8.0
  • Service and support: 8.0
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The Good Much improved page rendering; has JavaScript speeds that equal the fast performance of Mozilla-based browsers; broad standards support; integrated RSS reader; Private Browsing; did we mention speed?

The Bad Some Web sites are still coded for Internet Explorer-only browsers; not as extensible as Firefox.

The Bottom Line Apple Safari RSS, the default Mac OS X browser, beats Opera, Firefox, and Internet Explorer as the best Web browser for Mac users.

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Apple Safari RSS

Long gone are the days when Apple CEO Steve Jobs got up in public and said that Internet Explorer was his Web browser of choice. In early 2003, Apple created its own browser, Safari, and started bundling it free within Mac OS X. With Apple Safari RSS, Apple has not only added unique and useful features, such as integrated Real Simple Syndication (RSS), but has also made Safari arguably the fastest Web browser for the Mac platform.

Apple Safari RSS installs with Apple Mac Tiger . Current Safari users can upgrade through the Apple Web site.

For Safari RSS, many of the browser's underpinnings have been revamped, with Apple promising faster performance. In informal tests, we found nothing to dispute that claim. In fact, we discovered that Safari's JavaScript performance had jumped an order of magnitude. For example, graphics-heavy pages loaded much faster. This equals happier Web browsing.


You can access saved RSS feeds through Safari's Bookmarks Bar. Whenever you receive new articles, Safari lets you know how many with a number after the host site's name.

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Apple Safari RSS

Part Number: CNETAPPLESAFARIRSS Released: Apr 29, 2005

Current Safari users can upgrade through the vendor's Web site.

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  • Release date Apr 29, 2005