Safari also opens its doors to web add-ons

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As Apple reported at this year's online WWDC developer conference, the latest major version of macOS 11, dubbed Big Sur, also brings a number of innovations to Safari – the list is now expanded with another important item, as the software's upcoming release includes

Although Safari itself has been supporting add-ons for some time, the ecosystem is quite poor compared to rival products like Firefox, Chrome, or just the new chrome-based Edge with which to build common ground. thanks you can also use the full range of Chrome add-ons. The main reason for the poor build is that Safari uses non-web-based add-ons that are built with native macOS and iOS technologies, which also greatly narrows the potential developer community.

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To remedy this, Apple is now opening the doors of Safari to web add-ons, though not quite in the form we have become accustomed to from other players in the market. This is because developers need to package their add-ons for native apps to publish them in the App Store and go through Apple's approval processes – but these apps can be simple “placeholders” without having to have real functionality.

To support web add-ons, Apple is also releasing dedicated conversion tools in Xcode 12 to quickly port existing Firefox or Chrome add-ons to Safari-compliant formatting. This could significantly swell Apple's browser add-ons in the near future, making the software attractive to macOS users who have been reluctant to use Safari because of the restrained palette.


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