February 9th 2008
By Mike Flaminio
We all know that Safari 3.1 is due any day now and that it's built around the latest version of WebKit, Apple's form of the open-source KHTML browser engine (etc).
Developers and code heads aside, we really don't know what that means.
ComputerWorld, in the voice Seth Weintraub, brings a little light and color to what Safari 3.1 brings to the table:
• There is no other way to say it. Holy cow is this thing fast! I am currently testing Webkit build r30090 (DMG download link) against standard Leopard Safari 3.04. This unoptimized WebKit build version is running circles around the standard Safari browser. It isn't even close.
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• I am on a Rev 2, 2Ghz MacBook Pro with 2 gigs of RAM on 100mb fiber. I am running the two browsers next to each other on a 30 inch display. Webkit feels like I am on a maxed out Mac Pro tower--it really does. Try it if you don't believe me.
Seth hasn't actually gotten his hands on Safari 3.1--he's running one of Apple's WebKit nightly builds.
Check it out for yourself and come back with your impressions...