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!!!

At last, out jumps Safari browser. Filled with happiness, the company released the browser that was new, fresh, shiny… and ugly. Because of multiple layouts, CPU usage, and security issues, it was no better than Internet Explorer, which had been a default Mac browser for many years. An initially cold reception from Apple users gave way to a slow and measured adoption. However, to goad Mac owners into using Safari, Apple had to overcome considerable pushback by regularly introducing security fixes and popular user interface elements. Years have passed, and much to Apple’s delight the overwhelming majority of Mac owners recognized the inherent superiority of Safari browser. Unfortunately, this is not the case. According to a report issued by the US Government Digital Analytic Program, slightly more than a half of all macOS users surf the Web with Safari.
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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.

Speed

In the world of web browsing, speed is the king. The faster people can surf the Web, the better they feel about a browser. Apple has recently announced that Safari 11 is officially “the world’s fastest desktop browser”. Several benchmark tests (ARES-6, Jetstream, MotionMark, and Speedometer) show that the Apple’s browser outperforms its competitor by far. To check whether the company’s promise holds up, just download the browser and see for yourself. Its speed and JavaScript processing are virtually unmatched. However, it should be acknowledged that to become a full-fledged swan of a browser, Safari has to improve its HTML5 performance. In this regard, it comes second to Firefox.

Battery

The myth of Safari inferiority perpetuates because many Mac owners do not pay attention to a significant point of difference – the browser’s impact on the battery life. Had people noticed that power usage of Safari is markedly different from that of other browsers, they would switch to the Apple’s product in droves. The truth is that the myth of Safari inferiority flies in the face of hard evidence. By switching to Safari browser, you will be able to extend the battery life of your Apple laptop by a couple of hours. If we are talking about casual browsing, you’ll get approximately two additional hours when compared to Chrome and Firefox. If you are binge-watching Netflix, you can extend the party by whooping four hours, according to the information presented on the Apple’s website.

Content Blocking

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.

Synchronization

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.

Parting Thoughts

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.