What you need to know
- Google is working to fix battery drain issues from Chrome on the Mac.
- The company will limit the power that inactive parts of the browser have access to.
- Apple's latest version of Safari will up its competition with Chrome even more.
If you have ever used Chrome instead of Safari on your MacBook, you are sure to have noticed that, while Chrome offers a lot of fantastic features, it is incredibly power-hungry and drains your battery faster than its competitors.
According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal via MacRumors, Google is finally working to address these battery issues. One of the major areas they will be making changes to are inactive tabs, which are currently pulling too much power in the background.
In addition to limiting the power that inactive parts of the browser have access to, such as ads, Google says that the improvements will make the parts that you actually interact with even faster.
Max Christoff, Director of Chrome Browser Engineering, says that the work the company is doing is part of an ongoing investment into the overall performance of the browser across its compatible devices.
Apple, in addition to its new privacy features for Safari that will be released when macOS Big Sur debuts this fall, is really starting to put pressure on Chrome. Safari will soon, for instance, make it easy for developers to port their browser extensions over, a direct shot at one of the main use cases for Chrome.
One of Chrome's biggest issues on the Mac, in addition to its privacy concerns, has always been battery drain. If Google can fix those issues, it will certainly keep its competition with Safari alive and well.
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.