Apple’s native web browser was introduced in OS X as a beta on January 7, 2003
Safari, the standard web browser that comes pre-installed with every new Mac, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch player, is now 10 years old. Launched on January 7 2003, Safari is one of the fastest and most reliable web browsers out there.The native web browser in all of Apple’s key products today, Safari was first released as a public beta on January 7, 2003 on the Mac maker’s OS X operating system. Safari became Apple's default browser starting with Mac OS X v10.3 “Panther.”
Safari is not the most popular web browser on desktop computers, but it’s got a fair market share on the mobile front. According to Net Applications, Safari accounted for 62.17 percent of mobile web browsing traffic in 2011.
On full-fledged computers, Safari (on both Mac and Windows) accounts for roughly six percent of traffic. Its combined market share is around 9 percent as it competes with giants Firefox and Chrome, as well as the less scary Opera.