But under the hood, MobileSafari 2.0’s performance is hugely improved over 1.1.4. Everything related to web surfing feels faster, and in side-by-side comparisons using my wife’s iPhone running 1.1.4, web pages consistently load faster on 2.0, both via Wi-Fi and EDGE. This has nothing to do with the new iPhone 3G hardware — this is […]
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Safari Much Faster on iPhone 2.0 Software?

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But under the hood, MobileSafari 2.0’s performance is hugely improved over 1.1.4. Everything related to web surfing feels faster, and in side-by-side comparisons using my wife’s iPhone running 1.1.4, web pages consistently load faster on 2.0, both via Wi-Fi and EDGE. This has nothing to do with the new iPhone 3G hardware — this is about dramatic performance improvements on original iPhones upgraded to the 2.0 OS …

The results are obvious. WebKit JavaScript performance has improved steadily and significantly in just one year, with a huge jump between 1.1.4 and the new 2.0.0.

John Gruber at the excellent Daring Fireball site has done some benchmark testing of the MobileSafari browser on the iPhone, comparing the performance under the latest 2.0 software to previous firmware – and seeing major speed improvements under 2.0.

John’s article also points out that this speed gain is not only felt in the Safari browser on the iPhone, but also in many other apps that make use of their own built-in WebKit browsers – like NetNewsWire, Twitterific, and many others.

My own feeling so far is in line with these tests – browsing and page loading does seem a fair bit faster under the new firmware.  What do you all think?  How are you finding the browsing experience / performance on 2.0?

Via: iPhone Alley

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