Google released a cryptic message on Twitter that says Chrome is 20% faster than before on macOS. In March 2022, the Mountain View company did something similar by publishing a post on its Chromium blog to highlight how it was the highest ranked browser on Speedometer.
In case you don’t know, Speedometer 2.0 is a browser benchmark test developed by Apple. Since its debut in 2014, it has been a top marketing tool for browser makers to brag about the quality of their app.
Return to Google articlehe mentioned the technical details of how he optimized Chrome’s performance over the years and the challenges he faced, such as the Specter CPU exploit where he had to throttle performance to improve security user data.
The biggest difference, however, was not just in software improvements, but in the hardware used in Mac computers. Google praised Apple Silicon’s M1 processor as a game changer and that it performed significantly better compared to Macs with Intel processors.
He also claimed that Chrome 99 was 15% faster than Apple’s Safari browser, at least in benchmarks. Remarkably, the most impressive detail was that Chrome’s performance improved dramatically in less than 2 years. Chrome 99 was 43% faster on macOS than the first version for Apple Silicon, released in 2020.
Now that you have some background on the subject, you might understand why I find the lack of information in today’s Tweet from Google surprising. There is no blog post to highlight what kind of magic was done in the development process to achieve this. I mean, a 20% increase in performance is no small feat, an explanation is surely due.
That said, all of these Chromium optimizations could explain why browsers that use the Blink engine perform significantly better on macOS than other browsers, especially Firefox. Mozilla’s browser is pretty bad when it comes to power efficiency, and I say that as a Firefox fanboy.
I tested Chrome on the benchmarking site, and while it didn’t score 360 as Google claims, it did manage to score 279. That’s impressive, but actually not the highest I’ve seen in Speedometer, Safari scored 310 points, while other major browsers stayed in the mid-200 range. As I’ve seen said, those numbers don’t really matter.
Chrome has always been a fast browser, but speed isn’t everything, especially when it comes to laptops. Battery life is important and it comes down to performance efficiency. Then there’s the memory leak issue, which still isn’t as impressive as Firefox, Edge, or Brave.
What’s your favorite browser on macOS?