How Apple's Safari Browser Was Kept a Secret

Posted January 4, 2013 at 7:58pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 10345 views

Don Melton, who started the Safari and WebKit projects at Apple, reveals how his team kept the browser a secret before its debut.

For much of the time we spent developing Safari — long before it was called by that name — it pretended to be Microsoft Internet Explorer. Specifically, Internet Explorer for Mac, which Apple had provided with the OS since 1998. Less than six months before Safari debuted, it started pretending to be a Mozilla browser.

Why did we do this? And how did we make Safari pretend to be these browsers when its code and behavior were so different?


On January 7, 2003, at Macworld San Francisco, Steve Jobs announced the new web browser called Safari.

Check out Melton's detailed account of how they kept it secret at the link below...

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Jamie - January 5, 2013 at 8:53pm
Great browser 10 years ago, what's the point?
Mimi - January 5, 2013 at 8:54am
Safari sucks
Van G - January 5, 2013 at 2:52am
And nowadays it is pretending to be... a stable browser?
transeunt - January 5, 2013 at 12:03am
So don't read the site. the immature bitchiness of commenters on this site is so tedious… pissing contents from a bunch of 5yr olds… guess I might have to start taking my own advice.
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