Something that we use almost every day and probably think very little about is our web browser. The browser is what connects us to the rest of the internet. If you’re on Google devices, Chrome is your default browser. While on Apple devices, Safari is your default browser.
Gone are the days of just making do with Internet Explorer. With multiple options to choose from, it’s only natural that you’ll choose from modern-day browsers – Chrome and Safari.
This subtle rivalry between the browsers is what brings out the best experience for the user. With recent security updates to Safari, other browsers don’t even come close to how well Apple’s Safari secures your online identity.
History of Chrome and Safari
Google Chrome is a renowned internet browser developed by the American multinational technology company, Google. It was first released to the public on September 2, 2008. Since then, the browser has been made available on Android, iOS, Microsoft Windows, Mac, and Linux.
On the other hand, Safari is the brainchild of yet another American multinational technology company, Apple. Safari was initially released on January 7, 2003. The browser is available on Microsoft Windows, macOS, Windows XP, OS X Mountain Lion, Mac OS X Lion, and iOS devices.
When Chrome was initially released, it gained a solid reputation for being a lightweight and fast browser that internet users preferred over Safari and Firefox. While that might be true at that time, it is no longer the case.
Recent tests show that Safari beats Chrome because it’s more energy-efficient, better at protecting your online privacy, and clearly, works better if you have an Apple ecosystem.
Chrome vs. Safari
Let’s take a look at how Safari is better than Chrome.
Battery Test – Chrome drains more battery
Whether it’s on a MacBook or any other device, Chrome tends to consume more power than Safari. Since MacBooks have been invented, battery life has been a huge feature for Apple.
With Chrome on a MacBook, battery life takes a massive dent as can be seen by clicking the battery icon in the menu bar. You’ll notice Chrome mentioned as consuming more power.
If you’ve got Chrome running, Chrome will often show up here. Because of this, if battery life is important to you, avoid using Chrome on your MacBook.
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Chrome and Safari both work in their own way
Both Safari and Chrome offer unique features that are better utilized when running on their platforms, such as ChromeOS and macOS. For an ideal Safari experience, Apple devices are recommended.
As Apple brings new updates to its platform, third-party services such as Chrome take time to integrate new features. For example, Apple introduced Dark Mode in September 2018, which Safari supported from the beginning. However, Chrome didn’t introduce this feature until March 2019.
Chrome extensions come at a price
Chrome boasts a vast extension library that comes at a price, that price being heavy consumption of your CPU, which eventually drains your device’s battery life.
While extensions are great for productivity and ease of convenience, they introduce privacy concerns, with many of the extensions having extensive access to your browsing data. Apple, on the other hand, thoroughly grills extensions before they are available for you.
Google is known for watching you
Google and Apple have their own ways of earning from you. Google’s primary source of revenue is ad-based, which means you aren’t really the customer; you’re the product. Google makes money off of you by selling your interests and advertising you ads.
While you can configure privacy settings in Chrome to a certain extent, you’ll never be completely safe with a company whose business model is built on gaining your data. If you’re a privacy-centric individual, Safari or Tor are a good option.
Apple isn’t so keen on spying on you
While Google has multiple data points in place to extract user data, Apple’s business model isn’t based on targeting you with ads and selling your data. Apple sells the user its hardware.
They charge you a premium for developing a product that’s unlike anything available in the market. Their software is usually free with annual upgrades to its previous software as long as it’s hardware is doing good in the market. Their browser, Safari, doesn’t earn by selling your information or displaying ads.
Although the Chrome vs. Safari debate can go on for a long time, one thing is clear: – Safari is noticeably better than Chrome for its sheer simplicity, design, and privacy features.