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Safari is faster on iOS 6, according to benchmarks

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Safari is faster on iOS 6, according to benchmarks
Before we begin, we have to mention that benchmark results and real-life performance are two different things. Yet tech enthusiasts like to run synthetic tests on their hardware and software anyway, just to see what they are theoretically capable of.

With that out of the way, it has been discovered that Safari on iOS 6 achieves better benchmark scores that it does on iOS 5. Most notably, there is a 17% increase in handling JavaScript, as tested with the Sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark. In addition, Safari's HTML5test benchmark results are over 11% higher on iOS 6. The CSS3 tests delivered a score of 57%, which is a slight increase versus the 52% that the browser can achieve on iOS 5. All tests were performed on an iPhone 4S.

At its root, the browser is based on the same WebKit version, and still has a limitation of 8 windows opened at once. However, the developer who performed the tests notes that the UI has been tweaked, and as a whole, the experience feels more streamlined.

So yeah, good news for iPhone and iPad web browsing. Now all we have to do is sit tight and wait patiently until iOS 6 is released, so we can experience the difference ourselves.

Safari on iOS 6 benchmark tests

Safari on iOS 6 benchmark tests

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posted on 12 Jun 2012, 04:14 3

1. hung2900 (Posts: 965; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)

Still lower than the points on Galaxy S3:-D

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 05:06 3

2. Evil_SaNz (Posts: 259; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


Safari is magic! :)

/end sarcasm

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 05:11 3

3. Evil_SaNz (Posts: 259; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)

Every time I hear about Apple, Queen's song "It's a kind of magic" blows my mind

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 10:09 1

4. destr0y3r (Posts: 33; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)

go away 1970s troll

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 18:02

5. beillax (Posts: 24; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)

it actually is faster. I was surprised when I first used it on the iOS 6 beta.

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 09:52

6. cbondcarolina (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)

Agreed. I have a 4 and it is amazingly fast, even with the inferior processor (with respect to the 4S and 5). I've been very critical of Apple with this recent iOS update, but this one definitely one of the things that they got right. Must give respect where respect is due.

Also, I don't even use the official Facebook app any longer, as running it on Safari is nearly twice as fast as the native app. I also don't need to worry about constantly opening Safari and opening a bookmark, since iOS 6 has a new feature that allows you to create a homepage icon that looks exactly like the icon for the native app. I just click it, and I'm automatically taken to the Facebook website.

People can hate on Apple all they want, but they deserve some kudos for getting it right with their Safari app. I can't imagine how the experience must be on an iPhone 5 with its super-fast process AND LTE data speeds (I'm drooling just thinking about it). :)

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