Tests show Apple’s new Safari 11 is the world’s fastest desktop browser

“If you want the fastest possible web browsing experience on Mac, don’t sway from Safari,” Killian Bell reports for Cult of Mac. “Apple promises that Safari 11, which will debut in macOS High Sierra this fall, is ‘the world’s fastest desktop browser.’ And tests show that it does not disappoint.”

“Even in beta form, Safari 11 outpaces every single one of its rivals — including Chrome, Firefox, and Opera — in a series of benchmark tests,” Bell writes. “Macworld put it through its paces in eight benchmark tests, measuring things like speed, graphics performance, and JavaScript and HTML5 processing, to see if Apple’s promise really holds up.”

“Safari 11 really is the world’s fastest desktop browser,” Bell reports. “And we expect performance to be even greater when Apple irons out the kinks and makes it available to the public in macOS High Sierra later this year.”

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MacDailyNews Take: We’ve been Safari users since Day One and, from what we’re seeing with Safari 11, Apple remains fully committed to keeping their browser world class on the Mac, iPad, and iPhone!


  1. I am running the Public Beta on my MacBook Pro Retina and Chromium- the non Googlefied base of Chrome. I have not seen Safari do anything better than Chromium regarding rendering, speed or stability.

    Safari does tend to get flaky after long browser sessions with multiple tBs going for long periods. Chromium has on Sierra shown itself to be more stable and less of a memory hog. When I am reading on news sites, I commonly scan the sections and open each story I intend to read in a new tab. As I read, I add external reference articles in new tabs- the same for referenced studies and reports. Since I subscribe to the NYTimes, LA Times, WaPo, The Economist and Financial Times the sessions can get pretty epic as to browser tab count. I have seen Safari go stupid this way but have never seen a release version of Chromium for Mac have a problem.

    Hopefully the new version of Safari has plugged the memory leak problem it has had for a long time. It seems to me the problems with Safari started when Apple started getting aggressive with caching sites in the browser. I turned that Favorite Sites shit off long ago.

      1. Not pushing Chromium, but Safari can be a problem child on some web sites. AT&T has dropped Safari support for DIRECTV NOW on Mac after most Mac users refused to install MS Silverlight- me included. There are others.
        Seems the fanbois are out voting down any post that does not go orgasmic on anything Apple ships.

        1. We are well aware that Apple is not the best at everything and the vast majority of us appreciate honest and well reasoned criticism of Apple. I would go further and say that Apple needs to turn a critical eye on itself and regain some of its legendary reputation in terms of user-friendly, streamlined, and elegant products. Apple has gotten a bit sloppy over the past decade as it has grown.

          DavGreg, you often make some valid points. But the manner in which you couch them is generally highly derogatory and negative towards Apple. I can’t recall a post from you in recent memory that praised Apple for doing *anything* right, or even acknowledged that Apple did not suck at something. Instead, you are always pointing at some other vendor or product as a paragon of virtue and superior to Apple’s offering. In this case, it is Chromium.

          Then, to make yourself even more irritating, you get offended by down votes and start throwing out labels like “fanboys” and bloviate about going “orgasmic.” That is a botvirnnik-type of reaction to disagreements, and it does not work if your intent is to inform and influence thinking.

          In my opinion, your posts are sort of like licking a lemon. Even the thought of reading one sort of makes a person cringe a little bit.

          1. Apple is like a kid making D’s that is capable of A’s. Tim Cook is not a bad man but seems to not have a vision for the company beyond iteration and duplication of tech others have pioneered.

            This is a common problem in business. When the founder leaves or dies many companies lose their mojo and that is exactly what I see Apple doing.

            Apple’s PR tends toward hyperbole and much of it’s coverage tends to be uncritical. About business and investing I tend to be open minded but skeptical.

            Apple has unparalleled financial and engineering resources compared to any time in it’s history. When you have the payroll of the Yankees you should expect better.

        2. Fanboy here,
          No, we don’t mind criticism. What don’t like is fucks like you who insist that everything Apple does has to be “Perfect” while no mention of imperfections of competing products.

          Then, of course you go to the lengths of running god knows how many tabs ( an insane impractical amount, in my books) for an insane amount of times on a beta program to dredge up one thing to complain about. I don’t know about you, but most people don’t have that many tabs running for that many hours without expecting to maybe restart once in in a while.

    1. You post is very short and doesn’t reveal when or how you used Safari when it disappointed you. I have almost exclusively used Safari for many years and it has generally performed quite well. There were some versions that were less stable than others. And there were times at work when I was forced to use FireFox in order to be compatible with certain sites/functions. But I always maintained Safari as my primary web browser.

      Some people prefer other options – FireFox, Opera, Chrome, etc., and that is fine. Choice is generally a good thing, to a point. But I personally choose to avoid Google products, when possible. No Gmail. No Chrome. I don’t trust the company. Honestly, I would continue using Safari over Chrome even if it were shown to be materially inferior.

  2. I don’t know why, but I have a new Macbook Pro and Safari 11 and I think it feels the same. I hate Windows, but browsing the web on a Windows computer has always felt faster to me than on OS X. Don’t get why, but has always felt that way to me.

    1. It might be faster, or it might just be psychological. You might not actually get to the usable material of interest any faster on Windows, but the process in which the browser window is rendered may make the progress appear faster.

      I would like to see some tests using a controlled network configuration and server to eliminate the internet variable.

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