updated 04:45 pm EDT, Tue May 25, 2010
Could bring app up to part with Firefox, Chrome
Apple may be preparing to update Safari with extension support, Daring Fireball's John Gruber hints. "The other big thing that's missing (compared to both Chrome and Firefox) is a proper extension API," says the writer. "If only Apple had an imminent developer conference where they could unveil such a thing." While such a statement would normally be considered speculation, Gruber often phrases inside information in an insinuating manner. Apple's WWDC 2010 event is scheduled to start June 7th.
Extensions are now one of the more noticeable gaps in Safari 4's features. Although they can be used simply to apply cosmetic changes in the form of themes, they can also be exploited to add new functions to existing websites, or a browser in general. Apple has used WWDC to announce Safari updates several times in the past, including the first Safari 3 beta in 2007, and the final version of Safari 4 in 2009.