Safari 12.1 Release Notes

Update your apps to use new features, and test your apps against API changes.


Safari 12.1 ships with iOS 12.2 and macOS 10.14.4. It’s also available for macOS 10.13.6 and 10.12.6.

New features of Safari 12.1 include:

  • Dark Mode for the Web. The ability to enable color scheme customizations for websites while in Dark Mode.

  • Intelligent Tracking Prevention. New permission requirements for third-party cookies and new limits for long-term tracking.


New Features

  • Updated the push notification prompt for Safari on macOS to require a user gesture.

Resolved Issues

  • Updated the behavior of websites saved to the home screen on iOS to pause in the background instead of relaunching each time.

Authentication and Passwords

New Features

  • Updated Password AutoFill to sign in automatically to websites after filling in the credentials.

Security and Privacy

New Features

  • Added warnings displayed to the user when loading insecure pages in both Safari and in SFSafariViewController.

  • Added Motion & Orientation settings on iOS to enable the DeviceMotionEvent and DeviceOrientationEvent events.

  • Removed support for the expired Do Not Track standard to prevent potential use as a fingerprinting variable.

  • Updated the link behavior for "target=_blank" to include rel="noopener" implicitly.

Intelligent Tracking Prevention

New Features

  • Removed support for partitioned cookies for domains with cross-site tracking capabilities. The Storage Access API now provides third-party access to cookies.

  • Improved Intelligent Tracking Prevention to limit long-term tracking based on client-side first-party cookies and to verify partitioned cache entries.


New Features

  • Added a supported-color-schemes meta tag to indicate a website supports light and dark color schemes.

  • Added support for the Intersection Observer API, which detects the intersection of visible elements relative to other elements. Elements include the viewport of the top-level document.

  • Added support for the Web Share API to invoke the native share dialog provided by the system.

  • Added support for <input type="color">.

  • Added support for the <datalist> element.

Payment Request API

New Features

  • Added support for granular errors.

  • Added support in Wallet & Apple Pay preferences for using the default contact information for the shipping address, email, and phone. On iOS, set preferences in the Transaction Defaults category in Settings > Wallet & Apple Pay. On Mac, set preferences in System Preferences > Wallet & Apple Pay > Contacts and Shipping.

  • Added support for the default addresses and contacts configured in the Contacts and Shipping in the Wallet system preferences on iOS and macOS.

  • Added support for special fields for Japan including phoneticName, subLocality, and subAdministrativeArea.

CSS and Text

New Features

  • Added support for the CSS media queries prefers-color-scheme: light and prefers-color-scheme: dark.

  • Added support for CSS rules to customize text decorations like underlines and dashed underlines.

  • Added support for new rgb() color functions from the CSS Color 4 specification.


New Features

  • Added support for H.264 simulcast and VP8 in WebRTC to improve support for multi-party video conferencing.

  • Enabled cross-browser Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) by adding APIs without the webkit prefix.

Safari App Extension API

New Features

Web Inspector and Tools

New Features

  • Added support for multiple selection of DOM tree nodes and of entries in the Cookies table.

  • Improved styles editing with multiple selection support.

  • Updated Timelines to include media events.

See Also

Version 12

Safari 12 Release Notes

Update your apps to use new features, and test your apps against API changes.