Early benchmarks show that† Mobile Safari got faster with iOS 6

12 June, 2012 | Comments (58) | Post your comment

Tags: Apple, iOS, Touch UI

It's customary for a new mobile OS version to bring an improved web browser and that's one of the first things to get tested. iOS 6 was only announced yesterday ,but the default browser of its beta version was already subjected to a few tests.

AnandTech ran some benchmarks on an iPhone 4S and noticed a notable improvement in speed and extended compatibility with new web technologies (HTML5 and CSS3). The improvement in SunSpider results is pretty impressive and sees the 4S catch up to a Snapdragon S4-packing HTC One X (the AT&T version), for example.

iOS MobileSafari
Location WebKit Version HTML5test.com Score CSS3test.com Score Sunspider 0.9.1
iOS 5.1.1 534.46 324 + 9 52% 2226.1
iOS 6.0 Beta 534.46 360 + 9 57% 1842.9

The results also come pretty close to those of the new iPad (which has the same two CPU cores, but a higher clock speed). It's not just JavaScript either, pages reportedly render faster and the overall experience has improved.

Interestingly, the WebKit version remains unchanged from iOS 5.1 and the browser still tells web servers it's running on iOS 5. Another thing that hasnít changed is the 8 open tabs maximum limit.

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Early benchmarks show that† Mobile Safari got faster with iOS 6 - reader comments

  • Jackskellington6sic6

Yeah. Now try actually using a smart phone because commenting on a site about them

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  • 2012-06-15 07:51
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  • Jackskellington6sic6

That's an excuse because you don't have it. In the meantime while many things are still flash and it's very usuable. All Droids will have HTML5 when they need it

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  • 2012-06-15 07:51
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  • serial bar

prof farns sounds more like a bender. if u know what i mean...pun intended.

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  • 2012-06-14 13:15
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