Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 21st Aug 2015 23:34 UTC, submitted by toralux

I didn't believe it would be possible at first, but after spending the better part of a week on Chrome 46 I'm blown away. Memory consumption seems to have halved, groggy slow tabs are snappier than ever and my battery life isn't shamefully bad anymore - also, my laptop's fans aren't constantly blowing.

It's going to take a lot of convincing to get me to switch from Safari back to Chrome on my MacBook Pro.

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RE[2]: Comment by Caraibes
by shadow_x99 on Sat 22nd Aug 2015 22:35 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Caraibes"
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Sorry to hear about your bookmarks...

But I'd like to point out that in, WebKit was needlessly forked by Google into Blink, because the Apple guys had already left the webkit bandwagon a couple of years ago... In April 2010 to be precise, back in the Safari 5 days.

WebKit2 is a API-breaking fork of Webkit1, so any changes made later by Google could've been backported but being a dev myself, I know for a fact that it is quite difficult when API drifts too much from one another... So possible, but as time go on, unlikely.

Why did the Apple Engineers forked the Webkit Project back in April 2010 (i.e. Around Safari 5.x)? Because they wanted a "separate process per tab", the same feature found in Chrome, which coincidently not implemented by Webkit1 or Blink for that matter, but by Chrome/Chromium itself.

So for the last 5 years, any speed improvements made to Webkit2 is an Apple-only effort, as Google was not contributing to Webkit2... And I have family working at Apple on Safari/Webkit, and they have quite a team working on it, rivalling the size of the team working on Blink at Google (From all public account of the size of the team, which is sketchy at best, from both companies)

As for Webkit1, it is now a bit of an abandonware, with Blink being the bulk of their efforts.

All that being said, I use Chrome when plugged in the wall, because I know web sites that just do not work with Safari. But on battery, I use Safari, because it is softer on my battery.

ANY improvement to battery life with Chrome making it similar to Safari in that particular area, I will take (and drop Safari)

Edited 2015-08-22 22:39 UTC

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