M2 Mac speeds for web browsing are the fastest ever

We have seen the results of a the whole bunch of points of reference measurement Mac M2 speeds in the last MacBook Air Y MacBook Pro models Now we can add web browsing speed to the mix, for whatever that’s worth.

On the one hand, web browsing is probably the most frequent activity on a Mac. On the other hand, the speed of the browser pales in comparison to the speed of your connection and the speed of the web server on the other end. There is also a third real-life factor…

That is, the other applications that your Mac is currently running. You will only see the fastest speeds your machine can reach when only the browser is open. If you have a lot of other apps open, doing things in the background, you’ll see much slower speeds. But with these things noted, let’s see how the chips compare.

Apple’s WebKit team designed Speedometer as a way to simulate user interactions with websites and web-based applications to measure browser responsiveness. mac world saw Basecamp founder David Heinemeier Hanson tweeting your own results, using the Apple Speedometer 2.0 tool.

Apple’s chip team continues to put everyone else in the business to shame. I just posted a clean 400 on the 2.0 speedometer test for the M2 Air. That’s 33% faster than the M1 (and A15) can do. 2.5 times faster than a 4.2 Ghz Intel iMac i7. bananas

The site then decided to run its own tests, which included cross-browser comparisons. Tested the following chips using equivalent model MacBook Pro machines:

In each, he tried the latest versions of:

  • Safari
  • Safari Technology Preview
  • Chrome

This is what he found, first for the different chips:

When I tested Safari 15.6, I experienced an 18 percent boost from the M2 over the M1. That’s a little more than half of what Heinemeier Hanson tweeted, but compare the M2 score to an unstated M1 score. As I noted above, a 33 percent increase would mean the M1 posted a score of 300.

Our results are an average of three tests, and while I didn’t get an exact score of 400 for the M2, I did average just above that, with one of the tests actually scoring 408. Our tests also found an increase 11 percent of the M2 over the M1 Pro.

There was a minor difference using Chrome 104. The M1 and M1 Pro scores were almost identical at 308 and 309, with the M2 topping out at 339.

This apparently shows that Chrome, which Google always likes to claim is the fastest browser, can’t keep up with Safari on Apple Silicon. However, as by macworld Roman Loyola points out that we must remember that Speedometer is a tool designed by Apple and therefore Safari can be optimized for the browsing activities that the tool simulates.

That doesn’t mean Apple is doing something nefarious. It just means that the company has its own ideas and data about which browsing features are used most often, and it designs Safari to optimize those activities and Speedometer to measure them.

Finally, Safari Technology Preview. This is the latest public beta of the next version of the browser, and it achieved an average score of 420, with a maximum of 425.

if you’re trying to choose between the MacBook Air M1 and M2, we put together a video discussing the differences. This covers design, ports, keyboard, touchpad, display, camera, performance, and SSD.

If you want to measure the browser speed of your own machine, you can do it here. However, remember to close all other applications – or not, if you want to see the speed of real life! If you do real-life testing of M2 Mac speeds, please post your results in the comments.

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