Recently there has a been a lot of debate wether Safari is the new IE, or Apple simply is building a user-centric web, but I think that removes focus from the real problem.
The problem isn’t Safari. It’s a somewhat modern browser that in the eyes of some might lack some important features, but overall is still pretty good and modern.
The real problem is Apple’s lack of browser-choice in iOS, and that’s a problem for several reasons.
When Apple allows other browsers (not just wrappers!), email clients, mapping services, etc. to be set as default by iOS users, we’re going to see a whole bunch of Google iPhones. I’m pretty sure Apple is not looking forward to that as of yet.
Maybe later, when Apple Maps stops being a joke, Mail.app doesn’t choke when it’s displaying more than 3 emails, and Safari stops sucking.