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Apple claims 11 million downloads of Safari 4

updated 10:25 am EDT, Fri June 12, 2009

11M Safari 4 downloads

Over 11 million copies of the final version of Safari 4 have been downloaded in a space of three days, Apple claims. The software became available for Macs and PCs on Monday, following Apple's WWDC keynote. Prior to the keynote, a beta version of the web browser had been available since February. It is not known how many downloads of the beta were recorded.

Some 6 million copies of the completed browser are believed to have been downloaded by Windows users.

Apple notes that Mac OS X Snow Leopard, slated to launch in September, will run Safari 4 as 64-bit software, in theory boosting JavaScript performance by as much as 50 percent. The browser should also gain extra stability, due to support for running plug-ins as separate terminable processes. The need for some plug-ins will be eliminated through the addition of audio and video streaming through HTTP.

by MacNN Staff



  1. MacnnGregor

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Does it count?

    Does it count if this was all done automatically without my volition? It just popped up and asked for passwords to update and bingo I had a big wall of top sites that took me a few minutes to recognize.

    I wonder how many Windows folks were pleasantly surprised?

  1. lamewing

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I don't use MS IE nor do I use Apple's Safari. Why? Well, IE is not particularly safe and I cannot stand having Apple's software updater try and do a stealth install of Safari (the boxes are already checked).

    Firefox and Chrome are all that are used in my home and work.

  1. stevvie

    Joined: Dec 1969


    who still uses it though?

    They can claim 100 Billion downloads, still doesn't mean that people are using it. I myself downloaded safari and see what it also installed WITHOUT asking and promptly deleted it and returned to Firefox. So I count as on of the 11 million downloads but still use Firefox.

  1. Fast iBook

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Without asking?

    I find it hard to believe claims that safari "tried to download an update for itself". I had 3, and i went to the site and downloaded 4. No pop ups nothing. It works great, and i'm glad they abandoned their top tab format, it was irritating and clunky.

    - A

  1. akulavolk

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I seem to be in the minority, but I actually miss those top tab bars. They saved a decent chunk of vertical screen real estate that is wasted on just three window controls and the page title. A lot of room used for not much info...

    Vertical real estate is much more valuable than horizontal with widescreen displays.

    Maybe it was too different than what people are used to. But I wonder why that is. In the real world, file folder tabs go up, not down, but people are so used to seeing them upside down in the browser world, I guess.

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Big deal...

    I have four Macs so they got four downloads from me alone. Probably a lot of multiple Mac users out there. I'm satisfied with Safari for the most part but on one of my PPC computers with Tiger, Safari keeps hanging up on certain Yahoo sites and I have to Force Quit. It starts to load the page and gets some text and then just hangs. This problem happened with the beta and the final. Beats me. I need to test my MacBook Pro to see if it's just peculiar to this one machine I'm using most of the time.

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