I am a Mac user and Chrome is my default browser.

I think to give Safari a try and after using for some time I realise that YouTube looks different on safari compare to Chrome.

Here is a small list of some of the changes:

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I tried to search it online and found some answer but not anything convincing.

  • Some say because its different browser but it looks same on Firefox and Opera why only different on Safari? And some changes are not possible due to browser difference.
  • Some say Chrome is the product of Google that's why. But What about other browsers?
  • Some suggest that it is because of giving Mac user a different experience. But what if I am using Chrome on Mac?

From changes it is very clear that this are intentional change not because of any bug or platform change.

Is there any UI/UX advantage like smoothness in Safari or Same design is not possible (Or hard to implement) for Safari? Or something else which I totally miss?

  • Are both windows the same actual size? Are you logged with the same account? Can you post pictures of the two versions of the same page as you see them?
    – jcaron
    Sep 8, 2018 at 11:41
  • Yes both window are same size and same account. This is how it look on Safari for me: dropbox.com/s/bw3426eto98m8md/…
    – CRDave
    Sep 8, 2018 at 13:33
  • Please edit your question to include both screenshots (as images, not links). You wouldn’t have applied some form of zoom on any of the windows, would you?
    – jcaron
    Sep 8, 2018 at 15:04
  • You are looking at the older version of YouTube, because your browser could have cached certain webiste preferences. I'd try clearing your cache or checking the YouTube settings if I were you.
    – user68158
    Sep 8, 2018 at 15:58
  • If you’re seeing an older YouTube design, as @Levano said, it can also be, that you’re using an old Safari, which doesn’t support the latest YouTube version. What are your macOS and Safari versions? Sep 9, 2018 at 8:09

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At the moment, I'm seeing (virtually) identical designs on Chrome and Safari. Chances are they may just be running split-tests and you happen to get that version in one browser and not the others (cookies are not persistent across browsers).


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