Safari in 2017
I used Safari as my default browser for a week in 2015, but went back to Firefox. I wondered if much had changed in the intervening time, so I tried again.
The lack of favicons still make horizontal tabs difficult to differentiate.
The narrow address bar persists, with a huge waste of space either side. I appreciate the Apple UX teams are trying to reduce the need for user-facing URLs, but we’re not there yet, and we need to see them.
No sidebar tabs, or extensions to get them. Once you’ve used a browser with stacked tabs this, shoehorning everything into a thin horizontal bar feels like madness.
But the good
Ellis Tsung’s uBlock Origin for Safari has mitigated many of the problems I had with Safari two years ago. For privacy and ad whitelisting, you needn’t look further.
It’s still smooth as silk; definitely the fastest browser on the Mac.