Apple’s iOS 5 Safari reclaims title of world’s fastest HTML5 browser

“The latest iOS 5 beta reaches 31 FPS on [Microsoft’s own site], greater than existing Windows Phone devices with Mango loaded. Joe Belfiore, Director of the Windows Phone program, demonstrated Internet Explorer 9 mobile against the iPhone 4 as recently as May for the company’s Mango VIP event,” Tom Warren reports for WinRumors.

“Microsoft may need to be careful using the demo again as the latest beta builds of iOS 5 show a dramatic performance increase for HTML5 content, above and beyond Microsoft’s own demos,” Warren reports.

MacDailyNews Take: Yeah, if there’s one thing Microsoft’s known for in their marketing and other things (like, for example, OS security) it’s for being careful.

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]

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  1. Ya gotta be a little concerned for WP7 when Belfiore has to resort to touting the speed of non-released software ( bring it, dough boy) and claiming that iOS 5 copied aspects of WP7.

  2. The initial test from May was wrong conceptually, since it used specifics that were simply not supported by the current Safari browser. Once the support is on, Safari may lead again.

    However, since it is Microsoft’s test, the only thing they have to do is include another set of specifics that convenient for their own browser, and they will lead again.

    1. I don’t think too many people are fooled by tests, created by a company, which amazingly enough put that company’s own products in the most favorable light. It’s like giving yourself a trophy – not much of a prize.

      Which is why it’s even more hilarious that iOS 5 can beat the upcoming WP7 update at a test tailor-made for WP7 to win. Even if Microsoft later “tweaks” the test so they can “lead” again, the damage has been done.

      Still, at least this is just a one-time aberration for Microsoft, right? It would be far more embarrassing for them if PR faceplants like this had happened in the past – such as, say, an iPhone app winning top honors at a Microsoft-sponsored event.

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