Originally Posted by Abster2core
Having a progress bar in a web browser is useful, as they say, as teats on a bull.
They display nothing more than the fact that a page is still in the process of being downloaded. So, having a bar that illustrates an inaccurate degree of completion is ludicrous.
At least the spinning circle informs us that there is an active connection. But with the speed that I am getting on most links with 4, I am finding that it too may now be redundant.
That's a good point. I had an immediate adverse reaction to the disappearance of the loading bar, but you're right, Safari 4 is so fast, it's almost a moot point (and that's on my 4 year old PBG4 running Tiger!). I'm also reminded of sites that never seem to finish loading *ahem, gmail!
cough cough* so you have this useless blue bar along the top for no apparent reason.
Another reason they likely ditched it, as alluded to in the original article, is because it's a big shinny piece of Aqua! It's funny they didn't just drop the Aqua scroll bars too, but perhaps that'll be in the final version, or, as also suggested in the article, Apple may replace them with black scroll bars that disappear and reappear depending on what you're doing. They might not want to show their hand on what is likely to be system wide in Snow Leopard.
One change I haven't heard mentioned anywhere
is how .MOV videos appear. Drag one into Safari or go to one on the internet and once it starts playing, the playhead and controls fade out, leaving the video to play with no distractions. Move your mouse to the video, the controls fade back in. Nifty.