Apple Releases Safari 5.1.4 - Improved JavaScript Performance

Safari 5.1.4

Apple released Safari 5.1.4 on Monday afternoon, bringing several bug and security fixes along with improved JavaScript performance. Today’s public release follows a developer release of the browser early last month.

Apple outlines the following changes in the update:

  • Improve JavaScript performance up to 11% over Safari 5.1.3
  • Improve responsiveness when typing into the search field after changing network configurations, or with an intermittent network connection
  • Address an issue that could cause webpages to flash white when switching between Safari windows
  • Address issues that prevented printing U.S. Postal Service shipping labels and embedded PDFs
  • Preserve links in PDFs saved from webpages
  • Fix an issue that could make Flash content appear incomplete after using gesture zooming
  • Fix an issue that could cause the screen to dim while watching HTML5 video
  • Improve stability, compatibility, and startup time when using extensions
  • Allow cookies set during regular browsing to be available after using Private Browsing
  • Fix an issue that could cause some data to be left behind after pressing the “Remove All Website Data” button

Strangely, while Safari 5.1.4 is available for Snow Leopard, Lion, and Windows, the above list of changes provided by Apple indicates that only Lion sees those benefits. It could be that Apple hasn’t yet updated a change list for Safari’s other platforms but we’ll let you know if we find out more information on what less (or more) is brought to Snow Leopard and Windows by the newest Safari update. 

Safari 5.1.4 is available via Software Update or from Apple’s Safari webpage.