Are you excited to try out Safari 17 but need more time to be ready to commit to downloading the beta? Apple has recently released Safari Technology Preview 173, allowing more people to test the latest features before its official launch on macOS Sonoma.
While the preview build excludes some of the more impactful changes in the update, such as the enhanced search function or passkey sharing, it does introduce Live Text support to recognize vertical text in images and videos. The tweaked Responsive Design Mode will further improve the responsiveness of a webpage, and the new Feature Flags section offers more accessible access to experimental features.
However, it’s worth noting that Safari 17 on Ventura isn’t the most recent build of the updated browser, so users on that system won’t get all of the bells and whistles. To access all the new features, install the Sonoma beta on your Mac and upgrade Safari to the 173 preview build.
Exclusive to the Sonoma beta are four new features, with the long overdue inclusion of Profiles to Safari being one of the most exciting. Private Browsing on Sonoma will also now lock your “windows when not in use” while adding protection against “advanced techniques used to track” people online. You can now add websites to your Mac Dock for instant access.
The only new Safari Technology Preview 173 addition is a “redesigned text cursor” utilizing your system’s accent color. So if your Mac’s accent color is red, the text cursor will be red too. The rest of the preview build consists of either a developer tool or bug fixes, including newfound support for the JPEG XL image and HEIC file formats and addressing videos going black “when exiting picture-in-picture.”
If you want to try Safari 17, head to the Safari Technology Preview website and download the browser that best fits your macOS. The best part is it’s available to everyone, not just developers.
Note that Safari 17 will be its standalone app so it won’t replace the main browser, and you can uninstall it anytime you want. Remember that this is a preview build, and the final product may look different.
Safari Technology Preview 173 is accessible on the Safari Technology Preview website.
If you’re interested in trying out Safari 17, head over to and download the browser that best fits the macOS you’re running. Your computer will walk you through the process. The best part is it’s available to everyone. You don’t need to be a developer to try it out, although developers will probably be the ones to get the most out of the build.
States that Safari 17 will be its standalone app so that it won’t replace the main browser. You can uninstall it anytime you want. Also, remember this is a preview build. The final product may look different.