Safari has received much news with the arrival of iOS and iPadOS 14 and macOS Big Sur. Some new features, such as machine translation or crawler blocking, are added for Safari on the Mac. Others, such as support for images in WebP format and support for HDR is for all devices.
WebExtension API, more image and video formats and goodbye to Flash
The WebExtension API, which works in Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and other browsers on various platforms which comes to Safari on the Mac. This API will enable users to install the same extensions that are available for other browsers. Apple offers developers the option to port these WebExtensions to native Safari extensions using Xcode 12 to offer them on the App Store.
Safari on macOS Big Sur will also have support for images in WebP format. This format created by Google that allows images with transparency and less compression than other formats while maintaining a small file size.
The support for HDR videos and also comes to iOS and macOS 11.0 iPadOS 14 thanks to the codec VP9. This codec will allow YouTube videos to work in 4K resolution. Although it is not included in the first beta of the systems.
Flash, which has never reached the iPhone or iPad, leaves Safari entirely in Big Sur. It is no longer possible to install or view Flash content. A bit of a surprise elimination after Adobe announced that it will completely abandon Flash by the end of the year.