Safari 4: With No Beta Tag Comes Plenty of Speed
Article by George Norman
On 09 Jun 2009
While Apple fans will have to wait until new week to get their hands on the iPhone OS 3.0 (the software drops on the 17th of June) and will have to wait even more to get their hands on the Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard (it will be released this September), they need not do the same when it comes to Safari 4. The Apple developed web browser has moved past the Beta phase of its development process and is now available for download (for Mac as well as Windows).

Every software developer out there nowadays is claiming that the web browser they came up with is the fastest one out there – Google did it with Chrome ever since they put the browser in public view, and more so when they released the stable version of Chrome 2.0; Microsoft did it with the release of IE8; and Mozilla is in the process of doing it if it gets some positive user feedback. It comes as no surprise then that Apple is touting the fact that Safari 4 is several times faster than previous versions and faster even than the competition.


According to Apple, here is how fast you can expect Safari 4 to run JavaScript:
- 4.5 times faster than Safari 3
- 4 times faster than Firefox 3
- 8 times faster than IE8.
And to top things off, Apple also said that Safari’s performance will receive a 50% boost when Mac OS X 10.6 comes out because then the OS will run Safari 4 as a 64-bit app.

“Why should you wait for pages to load? You want to see those search results, get the latest news, check current stock prices, right now. And Safari delivers, letting you wait less and browse more. In fact, every Safari update is tested to make certain it continues to deliver the fastest browsing experience on any platform,” says Apple.

If you want to know what other features Safari 4 brings to the table, and if you want to download the software, just click here.

Tags: Apple, Safari 4, Mac, Windows
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