Firefox 89 arrives with design overhaul, numerous macOS fixes

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in Mac Software edited June 2
Mozilla's version 89 release of Firefox overhauls the web browser with a modern appearance, and brings quite a few updates specifically for macOS.




The update, released on Tuesday, is framed as making the browser work even faster, with a "redesigned and modernized" core experience that's cleaner and easier to use. This includes a clearing and streamlining of menus, the removal of underused items from the toolbar, and updated prompts.

Mozilla also included an improved tab design with context-sensitive surface cues, such as audio control indicators. The number of alerts and messages will also be reduced to cut down on user interruption, while the lighter iconography and refined color palette is said to be cohesive and calmer than in previous versions.

A lot of the changes directly impact macOS users, including the introduction of the elastic overscroll effect, where the page bounces when you reach the end of a webpage. Support for smart zoom is included, using a double-tap of a trackpad or a single finger of the Magic Mouse to zoom into content wherever the cursor is located.

The context menus are now native in Firefox, with support for Dark Mode.

A number of fixes specifically for macOS are also included such as how colors won't be saturated on wide gamut displays, untagged images are properly treated as sRGB, and colors in images tagged as sRGB will now match CSS colors.

For those who use full screen mode in macOS, moving the mouse to the top of the screen will no longer hide tabs behind the system menu bar. It is also possible to hide the browser toolbars in full screen mode, which brings the macOS version of the browser in line with Windows and Linux versions.

Firefox 89.0 requires macOS 10.12 or later, on a Mac with an Intel or Apple Silicon processor, 512MB of RAM, and 200MB of drive space.

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 7
    Dave CummingsDave Cummings Posts: 34unconfirmed, member
    Is it bad that when I read “Firefox 89”, I was thinking 1989 and hoping the design overhaul was going to be a throwback to 1989?
    StrangeDaysdysamoria
  • Reply 2 of 7
    mike54mike54 Posts: 442member
    I haven't installed it on the mac yet, but on Windows 10 Firefox 89 does not follow the system theme. At the moment the system theme is the same as the light theme. I wonder if there are any issues with the mac side. Aside from that, I mostly don't mind the changes.
  • Reply 3 of 7
    fastasleepfastasleep Posts: 5,477member
    mike54 said:
    I haven't installed it on the mac yet, but on Windows 10 Firefox 89 does not follow the system theme. At the moment the system theme is the same as the light theme. I wonder if there are any issues with the mac side. Aside from that, I mostly don't mind the changes.
    You manage your theme in "Add-ons and Themes", it's not OS dependent at all. Just set it to a dark theme or any of the trillion available that you like.
    dewme
  • Reply 4 of 7
    StrangeDaysStrangeDays Posts: 11,400member
    Very clean. Seems snappier.
    williamlondondewme
  • Reply 5 of 7
    It's okay, but not a giant step forward. Still, Firefox remains my go-to browser. I hate the way Chrome forces you do to things their way and only their way, like selecting a link in the history opens it in a new tab, which makes no sense. Also hate that it has Google's fingerprints all over it. Safari is just too limited, especially in terms of extensions. I like having things like Privacy Badger, Cookie Autodelete and YouTube Enhancer. Privacy Badger gives far more granular control than any ad blocker.
  • Reply 6 of 7
    dysamoriadysamoria Posts: 3,398member
    Sigh. I JUST downloaded v88 a day ago to do “watch party” on Amazon, which doesn’t support Safari (Firefox works, but they don’t even tell users that Firefox is supported; I had a very old version of Firefox for my Snow Leopard boot volume and Amazon told me to get Silverlight, OR Chrome for the HTML5 version of the player).
  • Reply 7 of 7
    fastasleepfastasleep Posts: 5,477member
    dysamoria said:
    Sigh. I JUST downloaded v88 a day ago to do “watch party” on Amazon, which doesn’t support Safari (Firefox works, but they don’t even tell users that Firefox is supported; I had a very old version of Firefox for my Snow Leopard boot volume and Amazon told me to get Silverlight, OR Chrome for the HTML5 version of the player).
    News flash, FF is frequently updated (hence version 89) — and updates are entirely optional, can be done transparently in the background and applied the next time you launch it, and requires no effort on your part. Is there anything you won’t complain about? 

    LOL Silverlight — that was discontinued on the Mac like five years ago, and is completely unsupported by Microsoft entirely this fall. 

    Snow Leopard boot volume … you know it’s been nearly 12 years since that came out?
    edited June 2 williamlondon
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