Safari 5 was
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Safari website) that Safari 5 is “up to 30 percent faster than Safari 4, 3 percent faster than Chrome 5.0, and over twice as fast as Firefox 3.6.” Apple also uses the SunSpider test.
As for the other browsers in Apple’s claim: compared to Chrome 5.0, Safari 5 was 3.5 percent faster in our test. Safari 5 was well over twice as fast as FireFox 3.6. Our results actually find Safari 5 faster than what Apple claimed—again, Internet connectivity can influence test results.
Apple didn’t mention
Opera in its speed claims, but we tested Opera 10.53. We found that Safari 5 was 11.5 percent faster.
One thing to keep in mind is that the differences are measured in milliseconds, so you may not be able to sense a difference between Safari 4 and Safari 5.
A full review of Safari 5 is in the works and coming soon.