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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

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

  • hey im excited. interesting to see how they update the best mobile web browser :)
  • 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
  • is bringing a free app that charges your iPhone wirelessly...look out for "webjuice" next month
  • Just upgraded to 3.0 from eBay and payed 4bucks....sweet!
  • @Stu
    How did they do that? I know the Pre does that, but wouldn't that require different hardware?
  • Do you know what pronouns are, Rene?
  • @DDay
    Watch the video...they use the wifi radio waves along with the accleromator to charge it...pretty much magic
  • Safari faster on top of there being a more powerful processor = 
  • 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!!
  • 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. Doug from
  • I didnt seem to notice any major safari improvements with the 3.0, but im still on BETA 1.