Safari 5 announced, boasts twice the speed of Firefox 3.6

By on June 7, 2010, 6:53 PM
In addition to officially uncorking the latest iPhone handset and operating system, Apple also announced Safari 5 today. The new build touts improved DNS prefetching and page caching, making it 30% quicker than Safari 4 (based on SunSpider 0.9.1, a JavaScript benchmark), 3% faster than the recently launched Chrome 5, and over two times the speed of Firefox 3.6.

Safari 5 features over a dozen new HTML5 technologies, including full screen playback and closed captions for HTML5 video, HTML5 geolocation, HTML5 sectioning elements, HTML5 draggable attribute, HTML5 forms validation, HTML5 Ruby, HTML5 AJAX history, EventSource and WebSocket. Apple has also launched the Safari Developer Program to let developers create Safari Extensions, which are sandboxed and signed with a digital certificate from Apple for security.

Another key feature is Safari Reader, a function that lets users "read single and multipage articles on the Web by presenting them in a new, scrollable view without any additional content or clutter." When the browser detects an article, users can click an icon to display the post for "clear, uninterrupted reading." Safari Reader has a few tools, such as the ability to enlarge, print, or send via email.

Interestingly, the press release for Safari 5 has disappeared on PR Newswire. That said, one is available on Apple's site, it shouldn't be long before the rollout. When Safari 5 goes live, both Mac OS X and Windows users will be able to download it here.

Update: It seems to be available now, although there is a minor error on the page. We assume someone's scrambling to get it out the door.




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captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

I'm old, set in my ways, and I dislike all things Apple. So it looks like I'm just going to have to be patient with my beloved Firefox.

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

all of these browsers feature and play 'speed wars' with each other. does it really make a difference to anybody if your page loads in .0003 as opposed to .0006 seconds? is there a an application where it makes a difference? maybe it does, would like to hear from someone that a thousandth of a sec matters.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

all of these browsers feature and play 'speed wars' with each other. does it really make a difference to anybody if your page loads in .0003 as opposed to .0006 seconds? is there a an application where it makes a difference? maybe it does, would like to hear from someone that a thousandth of a sec matters.
You really are old and jaded when a 3% speed improvement over Chrome doesn't rock your world.

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Julio Franco Julio Franco, TechSpot Editor, said:

Then again Firefox keeps slowing down with certain JS. Unfortunately no other browser is up to par in terms of customization and useful add-ons available.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Then again Firefox keeps slowing down with certain JS. Unfortunately no other browser is up to par in terms of customization and useful add-ons available.
Really, nice dark themes like "NASA Night Launch", "Old Factory", and my favorite, "Metal Lion 300" by Frank Lion. Oh, then there's "No Script". This all makes for a relaxing, tranquil, uninterrupted browsing experience.

thatguyandrew92 said:

This is great cause Safari has.....ummmm......uhhhhh.....I think I'll stick with FireFox

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

gather round chillin.....

You really are old and jaded when a 3% speed improvement over Chrome doesn't rock your world.

...why in my day, we had nNtscape and 9600 baud. the time between pages gave us time to plow the fields or whittle...that's the way it was and we liked it!....weeee loved it!

Guest said:

I just tried it for Windows. It is a competent browser. If you were using Safari 4 with now probs on windows, then Safari 5 is all under the hood stuff that you may not notice.

However Safari 5 again seems a lot better on the OS X than Windows. My standard macbook run Safari with snap and excellent GUI responsiveness, while the Windows versions seems to be a step back even though it is the same machine through bootcamp. That said I still use Firefox as my mainbrowser when I need to do work, and Google Chrome for everything else.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

However Safari 5 again seems a lot better on the OS X than Windows. My standard macbook run Safari with snap and excellent GUI responsiveness, while the Windows versions seems to be a step back even though it is the same machine through bootcamp.

Sort of makes you wonder if Apple planned it that way, doesn't it...?

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I stopped using Firefox, its noticeably slower than Chrome. Firefox has more add-ons, but I was starting to notice that some pages were loading annoyingly long.

Guest said:

Thanks for that. Good one.

Relic Relic, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Julio said:

Unfortunately no other browser is up to par in terms of customization and useful add-ons available.

Indeed, one of the main reasons I love FF and don't plan to switch anytime soon. I'll still use Chrome as a secondary browser though.

NeoFlux said:

Indeed, one of the main reasons I love FF and don't plan to switch anytime soon. I'll still use Chrome as a secondary browser though.

Exactly my case...

samuelgrayie said:

I am downloading Safari 5. Just appeared in Software Update for me...

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Puiu Puiu said:

Safari, no matter how fast it will become it won't be able to compete on a PC with firefox. (or even chrome). But i'm a bit skeptic about those speed claims. I need some benchmarks.

Guest said:

Uhm, hmm, I'd rather stick with Opera and Chrome. And by the way, Opera 10.60 alpha beats every browser in JS performance, with Chrome 6 devel in second place.

Basher said:

The "Reader" feature in Safari is REALLY nice. I've been browsing some tech sites using it and I'm very impressed. I can't get away from my NoScript, AdBlock+, and Firefox Sync though...

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Basher said:

The "Reader" feature in Safari is REALLY nice. I've been browsing some tech sites using it and I'm very impressed. I can't get away from my NoScript, AdBlock+, and Firefox Sync though...

Same! I like the feature but Firefox with AdBlock+ and NoScript with Fasterfox and its still unbeatable.

ikesmasher said:

can anyone confirm how fast this is on windows?

rather than 1 person?

or will i have to download myself...

windmill007 said:

Humm I run Palemoon http://www.palemoon.org/ (firefox opensource with stuff stripped out for speed) and it is superfast. I wouldn't run anything apple as they just feed your a bunch of BS. Twice as fast.... I would love to see actual proof of that...lol

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

can anyone confirm how fast this is on windows?

rather than 1 person?

or will i have to download myself...

Would this be a hardship....?

ikesmasher said:

i have insanly slow download speeds

matrix86 matrix86 said:

captaincranky said:

I'm old, set in my ways, and I dislike all things Apple. So it looks like I'm just going to have to be patient with my beloved Firefox.

Haha...reminds me of the fanboy article posted a few days ago :P

windmill007 said:

Humm I run Palemoon http://www.palemoon.org/ (firefox opensource with stuff stripped out for speed) and it is superfast.

Ditto. If you use firefox, installing Palemoon just puts it over firefox. You don't have to import your themes and bookmarks and whatever else. As soon as you install it, it's as if you were still using firefox...nothing changes other than the speed.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

My Browser's Faster than Your Browser...Waddya Think of That..?

Actually, I think you all sort of missed my original point. (Well I may have stretched the truth a bit also).

I pretty much don't care about the script handling of FF, because 90% of the time, I block it.....http://noscript.net/

I have 1 Meg DSL, so it's likely as much responsible for pages loading slowly as Firefox.. It this case, ignorance is really bliss.

So, After combining "No Script" with the privacy settings available in FF, I won't be switching to "Chrome" or anything Apple anytime soon.

Oh BTW, you can absolutely, positively put that Chrome browser someplace where the sun doesn't shine. This because the minute you fire it up, Google has its nose up your place the sun doesn't shine.

Again call me a fanboi if you must, but I'm still sticking with Firefox

i have insanly slow download speeds
Ouch, sorry to hear that. But switching browsers won't do anything to improve that.

jink said:

Just because your paranoid doesn't mean there not out to get you!

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Just because your paranoid doesn't mean there not out to get you!
Exactly, it's just another twist on the "which came first, the chicken or the egg" question.

Guest said:

Chrome, Opera, and Safari are such great browsers; Chomre being the best for me, but still they can't beat Firefox. I wonder...

Yeah, Speed, blah blah blah.... Let's talk about OVERALL: Speed, stability and usability.Firefox is king when those three are concerned.

Guest said:

Been using Safari 5 on windows. Beside its speed, there is really nothing to distinguish it from the other browsers. Safari reader to me is an distraction b/c it blocks everything including relevant materials like the news video's posted with the articles.

It probably has the worst GUI responsiveness in Windows with Safari momentarily freezing (1-2 seconds) when it is rendering java script  heavy websites. Everything else it does is roughly comparable to all the other major browsers. Also all the HTML 5 stuff underhood is not even utilized by any websites b/c of Safari's minuscule market share.

In fact I went into "IPAD MODE", turning off all proprietary plugins, and went to youtube, turned on the HTML 5 player beta, then the first notice I receive when I try to watch a youtube video is "flash not installed."

The whole experience just screams "eh...ok." If you already using Safari, then continue to use it. If you are using other browsers then Safari 5 really bring anything new to the table.

Guest said:

you are an *****. there is a reason everyone loves apple.

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