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Are you an avid Apple aficionado? Then for sure you didn’t miss out on the latest browser that the company released. According to Apple, Safari 4 is faster than the other browsers available today. It is about eight times faster than IE8 and three times faster than Firefox when it comes to loading HTML Web pages. Mac and Windows users can’t wait to check out if such claim is really true. So, only after three days upon release, Apple has already recorded more than 11 million downloads. As you can see, such is their keenness to try it out for themselves.

Aside from being faster, what else does Safari 4 have to offer? It includes Top Sites making it easier to locate important and previously visited pages. Other features included are Full History Search, Google Suggest, Full Page Zoom, and Cover Flow. Safari also has HTML 5 support for offline technologies. Another thing that makes it really credible to use is the fact that it’s the first to pass the Web Standards Project’s Acid3 test.

If you want to try out Safari 4, you can download it for free at Apple’s website.

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SEATTLE (AP) — When Apple Inc. launched an updated iPhone at its annual gathering of software developers last June, its biggest competitor was the iPhone that Apple had introduced the year before.
That won’t be the case at this year’s conference, which opens Monday. Now the next version of Apple’s touch-screen phone has to outdo a slew of rival gadgets — including one that comes out this weekend — that emulate or improve on some of the iPhone’s best features.

Much is riding on Apple’s ability to appear well ahead of its competitors. Apple’s shares have jumped 73 percent since March — even in the absence of revered CEO Steve Jobs, who is on medical leave — largely because of high expectations for the iPhone. Just two years after entering the fray, Apple enjoys a 19.5 percent share of the smart phone market, according to IDC, and investors are betting on a continued run of success.

“Apple, from a practical standpoint, has consistently tried to stay one to two years ahead of the competition on both the hardware and software levels,” said Tim Bajarin, president of Creative Strategies and longtime Apple analyst. – Read More