updated 05:25 pm EDT, Mon August 10, 2009
Macs Faster On Web
Despite stereotypes, Macs are typically faster than Windows PCs on the web, according to data from FutureMark. Best known for its 3DMark benchmark suite, the company says that Apple's systems are about 5 to 10 percent faster on average in its Peacekeeper web code test than Windows computers with equivalent hardware. This includes any browser that runs on both platforms, including Apple's own Safari as well as Firefox and Opera.
Google's currently Windows-only Chrome, as well as Safari, are currently the fastest browsers overall while Microsoft's Internet Explorer trails the pack, completing the tests five times slower than either of the leaders.
Company president Oliver Baltuch doesn't enter into details with DailyTech on the subject but believes many of the general app programming interfaces for Mac OS X are faster in practical terms for web tasks than in Windows. Windows 7 is faster than Vista but still trails behind.
"We believe that is based on the middleware of the OS," he says. "We believe that it is more streamlined."
FutureMark adds that the iPhone is one of the few cellphones whose browser can run the tests.