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Safari 11 Really is the Fastest Mac Browser

The Ares-6 JavaScript Benchmark. Lower is better.

Safari 11 will be released with macOS High Sierra this year. If your primary concern when browsing the web is doing so quickly, you’re going to want to pay attention. While many Mac users have switched to Chrome or Firefox, either for speed or their extensions, the extreme speed of Safari in High Sierra could bring users back to the browser. Apple claimed the new browser would be the fastest Mac browser available, but Macworld wasn’t willing to accept that as fact without testing it first. They ran a number of browser benchmark tests meant to test the speed of the browsers in a number of ways, including JavaScript performance, HTML5 performance, graphics, speed of user interface interactions, and many more web features using a generalized test. Safari crushed the competition in every test they threw at the browser but one, taking second place in an HTML5 test. Head over to Macworld to read their whole writeup and check out the benchmark scores for yourself. 
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iOS Browser Benchmarks

There are many different ways to compare browsers. You could decide based on it’s raw performance, it’s effects on battery life, its third party plugins, its feature set, syncing between desktop and mobile versions, built-in VPN features, ad blocking, or even the cuteness of its mascot (Firefox has them all beaten there, seen below). In this post, I take a look at six popular iOS browsers, Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Opera, iCab, and Dolphin, I used the Jetstream and Motionmark benchmarks from browserbench.org. Each browser was tested on the 9.7″ iPad Pro with no other applications running in the background, with sleep turned off, and with the device plugged in. The Jetstream benchmark checked JavaScript capabilities. JavaScript is the scripting language that powers much of the web. The other benchmark, Motionmark, measures graphical capabilities. Though the best browser isn’t necessarily the fastest, and while these benchmarks cannot offer a perfect measure of performance, they do give us a good idea. Surprisingly, a few browsers made giant leaps in performance, while others are just as slow as ever. 
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iPhone 7 Plus Crushes Google Pixel XL in Real World Performance Test

The iPhone is still the king when it comes to raw performance. Apple’s custom A-series processors alongside the efficiency of iOS come together to defeat anything Google, Samsung, HTC, OnePlus, LG, and Snapdragon have pieced together. Not only does it usually perform much better in standard benchmarks, which measure raw computing power, but also in real-world tests like the one embedded in this post below. The gist of a test like this is to open and close apps, seeing how quickly they can open, how quickly you can switch to another app, and how quickly you can re-open apps. This measures not only the processor performance, but also the efficiency of the OS, and how quick the device will feel in everyday use. Will you have to re-load apps constantly, or will everything be there when you need it? Google’s new smartphone outperformed other Android devices in this test, including the explosively fast Samsung Note7, but could it close the gap enough to beat Apple?

Of course not. 
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iPhone 7 Crushes Samsung Galaxy Note7 in Real World Speed Test

We already saw the 1 year old iPhone 6s crush the brand new (and explosive) Samsung Galaxy Note7 in a real world speed test, where, instead of merely comparing benchmarks (where the iPhone 7 not only crushes the Android competition, but even the base model MacBook Air), we take a look at how quickly the phones can open and switch apps. This tests processor speed and memory efficiency: how quickly it can load apps, and how well it can store those apps in memory for multitasking. Basically, it tests how quick the phone will actually be in daily use. The iPhone 6s already proved itself to be far faster than Samsung’s sluggish Note7 (which is their fastest device), so it was obvious that the iPhone 7 would be much faster than the Note7. How much faster? The iPhone 7 lapped the Note7 during the test, completely finishing the race before Samsung’s Note7 could even complete the first lap. Not only that, but the iPhone finished its second and final lap just shy of 24 seconds before the Samsung phone could finish the first lap. Samsung’s second lap, which should have the benefit of storing apps in memory, therefore not needing to load them (it didn’t for Samsung) was nearly as long as Apple’s first and slowest lap. 

You can see the two phones race in the video embedded below. 
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iPhone 6s Crushes Galaxy Note7 in Real World Performance Test

The brand new Samsung Galaxy Note7 is out, and it’s been quite popular with reviewers. Part of this is due to it’s super fast Snapdragon 820 quad core processor and 4GB of memory. Up against Apple’s year-old dual core A9 with only 2GB of memory, it seems obvious that the Note7 would crush Apple’s phone. But that wasn’t the case, as you can see in the video below. Samsung’s version of Android, TouchWiz, has improved a lot over the years, but still adds considerable bloat, causing the system to lag less than it would with stock Android. On top of that, the Samsung device comes with a beautiful quad HD screen. The Note7’s larger screen, which has more far more pixels per inch than the iPhone’s, uses more memory and slows the phone down. That screen comes at a huge cost to performance. But is Apple also sacrificing too much in the name of performance?
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Apple’s iPads Crush Benchmarks, 9.7″ iPad Pro Takes Close Second to 12.9″ iPad Pro

Kracken, a JavaScript performance benchmark

The 9.7″ iPad Pro features the same system on a chip (SoC) processor as the 12.9″ iPad Pro, the A9x. This is a fast processor, one that gives the 12.9″ iPad Pro similar performance as the new MacBook. The smaller iPad Pro has half of the memory of the larger iPad Pro, and the graphics card isn’t quite as fast. However, it powers a smaller screen with fewer pixels, and that means in real world performance, the smaller iPad Pro matches the larger one, which needs the extra power and memory to keep track of every pixel on that screen. The 12.9″ iPad Pro outperforms the 9.7″ iPad Pro in offscreen benchmarks (a poor indication of real world performance), but shows similar performance when displaying the content on the screen of the device, more indicative of real world usage. Regardless, both devices, as well as last year’s iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 4, and iPhone 6s crush the Android competition when it comes to onscreen tests and browser based testing.
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Last Year’s iPhone 6s Crushes Brand New Samsung Galaxy S7 in Real World Speed Test

Screen Shot 2016-03-07 at 8.32.57 PMThe closest estimation of real world performance comes from a test that involves not only launching and loading apps, but also re-loading them, testing the ability of the memory to store recently used apps. This is what you can expect from normal usage. Somehow, the brand new¬†Samsung Galaxy S7 isn’t able to keep up with the iPhone 6s, even though the iPhone 6s is half a generation older, and a new version will be out in a few months. Samsung’s playing catchup to where Apple has been, and other manufacturers aren’t doing much better. Check out the video of the speed test below.

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