Apple’s WebKit to the rescue
The development team completely reworked the JS engine, and as Seth Weintraub of computerworld.com writes, “This unoptimized WebKit build version is running circles around the standard Safari browser. It isn’t even close.” Amazingly, he has Webkit clocked at 2.5 times faster than Safari.
But what about all the noobs?
I know what you’re thinking. WebKit is great for us developers, but what about your average IE user? I mean, after being burned repeatedly by buggy pre-releases of Firefox, I’m not even running WebKit for normal browsing, and I’m the one writing this.
I think a lot of developers hate Flash because they receive documents that are made by designers with little knowledge of development. There is a serious rift in Flash between designers and developers, and in my experience, if I take control of the document, start using an external file structure and actions.as file, things feel a lot more like development. I only really open that horrible GUI to compile the swf or throw a new movie-clip together, the rest is handled in my text-editor. And as for the absolutely awful Flash GUI, I have to bite my tongue, since that’s a whole post in itself.
1 Firefox 2 runs like crap on Mac anyway, but supposedly performance will be greatly improved in FF3. Ultimately it will always be weighed down for me because of FireBug and other plugins.
2 WebKit is also the name of the framework for several OSX apps. Steve Jobs programmed it personally using a ballpoint pen and rubberbands (source questionable).