The fastest browser crown seems to change heads every so often. This week it’s Safari that reigns as the speediest browser known to Mac, iPhone, and iPad users*. Next week there may be a faster browser but it won’t matter much because websites are so slow.
There are two issues here. One is making browsers ultra fast. That’s necessary because the interwebs is not so fast, and websites slow it down. Why? How? Websites these days are crazy large, loaded up with advertising, analytics trackers, ad trackers, and other cruft which requires a fast browser just to keep up.
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Safari is a lot more popular around the world than those of us in the Mac community would think. It’s the second most popular browser in the world; after Google’s Chrome which reigns on Windows and Android, and comes in second among Mac, iPhone, and iPad users. But, if you want the speed you deserve during your browsing experience you have a hoop or two to jump through.
Safari 10.1.1 is the latest on macOS Sierra but it’s not as fast as Safari 11 which will come later this summer or early fall with macOS High Sierra. But who wants to wait around for speed? Get the Safari Technology Preview and see for yourself how the world’s fastest browser chews through websites which download everything except a digital kitchen sink.
Here’s the latest browser marketshare stats. Safari trails Chrome, of course, but it’s just a few statistics, which, as everyone knows, are merely a portion of lies, damned lies, and statistics.
Safari 11 came in first in all but one test, where it came in a close second to the latest version of Firefox. Actually, Opera 46 (I use Opera 45.0.2552.898 because it has the built-in VPN which won’t win any speed races but does make your Mac a bit more secure) did pretty good here and there but everyone knows it’s based on Chromium, where is where Google’s Chrome is derived.
Regardless, all those benchmarks don’t mean a hill of beans because the interwebs is all clogged up with websites that download like sludge. Why? Blame it on a combination of bandwidth and greed; that place in the space time continuum where advertisers and publishers stand together and cry out, ‘Not my fault’ but continue to load up their websites with images, photos, movies, audio clips, trackers, ad trackers, analytics trackers, and ever more advertisements in a vain attempt to make money in an era where internet savvy users don’t click on anything that resembles an ad but prefer kittens and fake news instead.
About 18 months ago Mac360 dropped all trackers. Check us out using Ghostery on your browser. No trackers. No ad trackers. No analytics trackers. No trackers. The result is obvious. Mac360’s website loads about as fast as any you can find anywhere and on any modern and popular browser. Even better, Mac360 loads quickly on mobile browsers; iPhone, iPad, Android, et al., and the pages condense properly for easier reading on smaller screens.
*Safari reigns supreme as the default on iOS, of course.