The Birth of Safari and the Rise of the Inferiority Myth
Let’s address a myth. A pernicious one. A myth that habitually deters Mac owners from using and ultimately enjoying the best browser for the Apple ecosystem. I’m referring to the MYTH OF SAFARI INFERIORITY (if it doesn’t seem important enough to be capitalized, keep reading).
Let’s start from the very beginning.
It was a lovely summer day. The sun was shining gently on the Apple headquarters that waited patiently for one of its apps to hatch.
CRACK!!! CRACK!!! CRACK!!!
So, who is responsible for the less than stunning adoption rates of the browser? A partial answer is that the protean competition has vitiated the diffusion of Safari, which is quite ironic because the browser rivalry has ultimately helped to make it better. An exhaustive answer necessitates the recognition of the negative impact of the poisonous Safari inferiority myth. The article has been written to put the myth to rest.
Safari is Not Bad Anymore
Unlike other Apple myths that are merely laughable (harm of 3rd party chargers, Mac immunity to viruses, etc.), the myth of poor Safari performance deserves more serious attention.
The truth is that the dangerously subversive myth has roots in reality. Initially, qualitative variances between Safari and other browsers were more pronounced. And to be fair, Apple browser didn’t seem objectively better. However, as Safari evolved, there was a move toward its heightened popularity. The increase in the browser’s rendering speed and website compatibility was followed by a dramatic growth of its market share. People started to understand the effect the browser choice had on their user experience. An impartial observer could have recognized Safari for what it was: an ugly duckling that was destined to mature into a beautiful browser.
At this point, it is clear that even though the personal transformation of Safari is underway, its streamlined interface, customizable privacy settings, and speed already set it apart from the flock. The browser is far from being inferior to its Web brethren. In fact, changing from other browsers to Safari can make a tremendous positive difference on how you experience the Web. So let’s address key points of distinction that make Safari undoubtedly better than its competitors.
Safari is different when it comes to dealing with online ads. Unlike other browsers that rely on third-party apps for stopping pesky ads from mucking up a screen, Safari uses a content blocking API. It means that instead of blocking undesirable Web content, the browser simply doesn’t request it. Therefore, it uses less memory and power. The results of the proactive removal of ads are better performance and efficiency of Safari.
At the risk of being too obvious, it is important to stress that Safari shines the brightest when moving between Cupertino-designed devices. Those who have not bought into the myth routinely switch between browsing on their Mac, iPhone, and iPad. Browser history, bookmarks, and tab sync makes the switch silky smooth. Browsers like Chrome also have the feature. However, have you tried Chrome sync on Apple devices? Put simply, it is as if they don’t want you to use it.
Hopefully, the article has helped you to acknowledge that the myth of Safari inferiority should be discarded. Although it was once grounded in real facts, nowadays, it no longer has a basis in reality. Progress is nothing more than a long chain of consecutive failures. If history teaches anything, it is only that under propitious conditions, the tendency toward progress always takes effect. The rational analysis of the browser’s history suggests that Safari will eventually spread its gorgeous wings and become the most admired app in the pond of web browsing.