iPhone OS 3.0: Ars Benchmarks Mobile Safari -- 3x - 16x Faster than 2.2

We mentioned yesterday that iPhone OS 3.0's Mobile Safari Browser was being reported as faster than the current iPhone OS 2.2.1 version. Now Ars Technica has run the numbers and the results are pretty impressive. Check out their full report for all the details, but this sums it up nicely:

According to our sources, the 3.0 beta still has some stability and speed issues, so that makes these results that much more impressive. While the overall average gives the iPhone 3.0 beta a 300 percent speed advantage, some of the individual tests show 6x, 8x, or even 11x improvements—the bitwise "AND" function even runs 16x faster than in the current version of Mobile Safari.

Should make the release version of the new, Nitro-powered Mobile Safari 3.0 fairly impressive, come summer! Bring on them multi-app Facebook pages, the iPhone will be ready! (Joking... a bit.)

Rene Ritchie

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There are 11 comments. Add yours.

Freiteez says:

hey im excited. interesting to see how they update the best mobile web browser :)

taroliw says:

Being able to use facebook applications properly in Mobile Safari is a dream of mine... :) Right up there with app support in the Facebook app. :D

STUstone says:

nakki.com is bringing a free app that charges your iPhone wirelessly...look out for "webjuice" next month

MANGU says:

Just upgraded to 3.0 from eBay and payed 4bucks....sweet!

DDay says:

@Stu
How did they do that? I know the Pre does that, but wouldn't that require different hardware?

christomapher says:

Do you know what pronouns are, Rene?

STUstone says:

@DDay
Watch the video...they use the wifi radio waves along with the accleromator to charge it...pretty much magic

Wifiguy says:

Safari faster on top of there being a more powerful processor = 

Al says:

I'll believe this when I see it. Not that I doubt the source of the info but this seems too good to be true!!

Douglas says:

These tests are great and all but I just ran real world test using a 1st Gen iPhone and firmware 2.2 and a 3G iPhone with 3.0 and the 1st Gen beats the 3G on every website, big or small, iPhone or PC formatted.

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Justin Bennett says:

I didnt seem to notice any major safari improvements with the 3.0, but im still on BETA 1.