After releasing a major update to the Safari Technology Preview earlier this week, Apple is now inviting macOS Monterey and Big Sur users to test the new Safari 16 Beta for iOS 16, which will be released later this year. Prepare for the official version of macOS 13 Ventura.
The AppleSeed Program invites users to test beta software that is not part of the Apple Developer or Apple Beta Software Programs. The program is invitation-only, which means users cannot actively apply to Apple for beta testing.
Safari 16 is bundled with macOS Ventura and iOS 16, bringing several new features and improvements. The new version of Safari addresses one of web developers’ major complaints about Apple’s browser, the lack of web push notifications. This means that websites and web applications can now send notifications to users even when Safari is closed.
In macOS Ventura and iOS 16, Apple expanded the capabilities of Live Text to work with video. Users can even translate images using live text. However, the release notes for Safari 16 Beta have yet to mention this feature, suggesting that users running macOS versions prior to macOS Ventura will not be able to use the feature.
Other new features in Safari 16 include shared tab groups, strong password editing, improved CSS, and passkeys – a new way to authenticate to websites via Touch ID and Face ID without creating a traditional password.
How to Install Safari 16 Beta
If users are invited to try the Safari 16 Beta, simply click the “Accept Invitation” link in the email and follow the instructions on the AppleSeed website. If users aren’t invited, they can still try out some of Safari 16’s new features by downloading the latest version of the Safari Technical Preview.
Safari Technology Preview is an alternative version of Apple’s browser with experimental features. In this way, developers can prepare their websites and web applications before new technologies become available to the public.
It’s worth noting that, unlike Safari 16 Beta, the Safari Technology Preview requires a Mac running macOS Monterey or Ventura.