Apple Working On New ‘Reading List’ Feature For Safari

Mac OS X Lion

MacRumors reports that Apple is working on a feature for Safari in upcoming Mac OS X Lion that will allow users to save web pages so that they can read them later.

The feature is reminiscent of services such as Instapaper and ReadItLater that allow users to save web pages on the computer or iOS device so that they can read them later; even without an internet connection.

Apple is calling the feature Reading List and describes it as follows:

Reading List lets you collect webpages and links for you to read later. To add the current page to your Reading List, click Add Page. You can also Shift-click a link to quickly add it to the list. To hide and show Reading List, click the Reading List icon (eyeglasses) in the bookmarks bar.

MacRumors reports that the feature is currently hidden:

This feature is currently inactive and hidden within the latest Mac OS X Lion builds. Apple has not yet made any mention of the feature in any of their Mac OS X Lion documentation.

Apple’s implementation appears to be partly based on HTML/js but it’s not yet clear how robust a solution it will be. For example, one compelling feature of Instapaper and ReadItLater is the ability the synchronization of bookmarks across devices.

It needs to be seen if Apple will bring this feature to mobile Safari for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch as it would be more useful if the saved web pages can be accessed across devices.

Marco Arment, developer of Instapaper is not worried of this possibility:

For many reasons, I believe Instapaper would still have a market even if Apple implemented Reading List synced to iOS devices.

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