Can somebody explain to me the whole "Safari seems snappier" thing?

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  1. macrumors 6502

    May 21, 2009
    Santa Monica, CA
    I apologize if I sound like a newb, but I am. I've noticed a lot of folks saying this whenever mention of a new OS update.

    Is it a hidden joke or something??? Confused.
  2. macrumors 604


    Aug 28, 2007
    San Francisco California, USA
    Yes, it's an inside joke that's been ongoing. Not sure when it started, but after every update, someone has always commented that "Safari seems snappier!" :p
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 21, 2009
    Santa Monica, CA
    LOL, that's funny. I guess folks just wanna believe.
  4. macrumors 68020


    Mar 17, 2009
    When iPhone 3GS came out, they said that on the promo video because the phone had faster internals.
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 28, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
  6. macrumors 68020


    Aug 30, 2007
    Atlanta, Ga
  7. macrumors demi-god


    Jun 9, 2007
    Device engineer 30+ yrs, touchscreens 24+.
    It's been going on since the first few OS updates.

    Safari actually is often snappier just after an OS update, because memory and cache has all been cleared out.

    Newbies would post that it was faster, clearly thinking that the OS had been hugely improved, when it was just normal behavior.

    This happened so much, that after a while, people would just post "and Safari feels snappier!" just to make fun of it.
  8. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 28, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    its just a matter of time before someone makes a new thread on how the 3.1 update made safari "snappier"
  9. macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    I think the joke even predates Safari!

    I'm pretty sure that people used to say that the Finder felt snappier after every OS update. Once Safari came out it shifted to that and that's when it really became a joke and people started posting it everywhere. (New headphones came out? Safari feels snappier!)
  10. macrumors 68000

    Jun 13, 2008
    Installing new firmware did make the phone work faster, but it would always get bogged down again in short order. That's the joke. It was a cruel joke, because we all wanted our 2G and 3G iPhones to perform better and lag less, and kept hoping Apple fixed the problem with the latest update. And each time, it seemed like they did. But then it would creep back.

    For those of us who upgraded to the 3GS, those days are thankfully a thing of the past. The hardware has enough horsepower to run whatever Apple throws at it with ease. Unfortunately, the earlier iPhones are pushing the limits of their memory and CPU with the latest OS updates. They are certainly still useable phones, but I think some lag will always be there.
  11. macrumors 68030


    Aug 8, 2006
    Northern California
    It's because they finally removed the debug code.

    :p :cool:

    Indeed, it really has nothing to do with the iPhone, at least originally.
  12. Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005
    The oldest post on MR that I could find that used the phrase "snappier" was this one from April 30, 2001 (which was used by MacRumors). It referenced the OS being snappier. Though this time frame is near when this web site was created (it's thread number 28) as well as the start of OS X, so it could have been used earlier. (link above was updated to an earlier thread)

    The first post I could find relating snappiness of Safari was this thread from February 3, 2003.

    Edit: one funny thing is in that first post, how many users are now simply "guest."
  13. macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    It's like mentioning the PowerBook G5
    or the secret product shot from an elevator.

    Haha. We can blame the Macrumors Bot.
  14. macrumors 68020

    Mar 4, 2007
    Or the tablet. Which seems to be turning into another one of these
  15. macrumors regular

    May 21, 2009
    It's just lame people trying to be funny. It's actually discouraged cause it's silly and meaningless.

    ignore it and it should go away.
  16. macrumors 68000

    Jan 26, 2008
    I mentioned that Safari was snappier a few months ago after an upgrade and my post was deleted. I usually don't say that but in that case it really was snappier and it was actually mentioned on the release notes.

    The mods really should read the release notes before deleting posts about Safari being snappier. Sometimes it really does happen. :)
  17. macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Grrrr, I hope not. Unfortunately those tablets people can't really do math.

    They want a portable with much larger screen than iPhone, mutli touch display, but cheaper than the MacBook and without any contract. In another word, they think there will be a premium product with high end technology, at budget price...

    Not happening at the price point they pull out of you know where.

    I wish the Admins would delete the tablet stuff.
  18. macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2005
    Stockholm, Sweden
    I think its funny when someone says that their Safari feels snappier related to something completely different, like when Steve at an Event saying that the new TV will be released in two weeks.
  19. macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Long term mac users are teleported a rubberband by Apple whenever Safari is updated. ;)
  20. macrumors regular

    Feb 1, 2008
    San Diego
    Hope your foot has been in your mouth all these years since your post in 2009 Consultant. Just sayin.
  21. macrumors 68000

    Mar 5, 2012
    Central California
  22. macrumors 6502

    Sep 3, 2009
    Lol, I am embarrassed to say I never got the joke!
  23. macrumors 6502

    May 17, 2007
    What's the harm, really?

    If I remember correctly, I posted a "Safari seems Snappier" a few years back.... and my post was one of the first 5 or 10 on whatever subject it was... an update, I believe.... and the comment was removed...

    So, MR doesn't have much of a sense of humor about it for sure..

    Maybe I was lame back then, maybe I am now... but c'mon.... if it puts a smirk on someone's face when they sift through all the somewhat meaningless crap that ends up on here occassionally, what's the harm?

    just my 2 cents.... I personally get a kick out of it when I see it mentioned.
  24. macrumors newbie


    Feb 7, 2013
    Vancouver, BC
    I was reading through the Mavericks promo page and I found this to be quite funny.

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  25. macrumors 68020


    Nov 16, 2006
    Hehe, nice find. Theres no hope for us if even apple are doing it now!

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