Web browsing with iPad Pro is the fastest I've experienced

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Booji, Aug 9, 2017.

  1. Booji macrumors 6502a


    Nov 17, 2011
    I run Chrome on my Pro 10.5. I've found the pure web browsing experience to be amazing. Screens pop up and render so fast, and move so smooth. That is compared my work desktop - Windows 10 with top-spec machine with 32GB RAM and latest i7 processor, as well as my own MacBook Air with 8GB RAM. The iPad Pro just crushes them.
  2. Abazigal macrumors G4


    Jul 18, 2011
    Safari seems even faster in iOS 11, all the more with ad-blockers enabled.
  3. Booji thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Nov 17, 2011
    Advantage of having a device with desk-top class performance running a mobile OS. I can't wait to try iOS 11 but given I use my iPad for critical work, I'm awaiting the official release.
  4. Sunshoopa macrumors 6502


    Apr 19, 2011
    Yeah, it’s a pretty amazing experience. Had an Air previously, which wasn’t bad, but this is 100x better (PAGES STAY OPEN!). I do 98% of my browsing with it even though I have my gaming PC for the sake of convenience. I’ve never even visited Mac Rumors on my PC :p
  5. Eric5273 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 12, 2009
    New Jersey
    Agreed, it's way faster than any other device or computer out there.
  6. bnmcj1 macrumors 6502

    Apr 13, 2014
    I hate mobile optimized websites, and iPad ruins browsing by not showing desktop site.

    And no, the other browsers wont cut it.

    Thinking about ditching iPad lately.
  7. Act3, Aug 10, 2017
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2017

    Act3 macrumors 68000

    Sep 26, 2014
    I'm not going to push the "I believe" button

    I've had air 2 and 10.5 hand in hand. While the browsing is faster than air 2, using the term "way" is all relative. I have an older I7 desktop where browsing seems same or faster than the 10.5

    I'd bet the newest surface pro with the I7 is faster at browsing than the 10.5
  8. David58117 macrumors 65816

    Jan 24, 2013
    iCab allows you to switch the user agent to other (desktop) browsers. It also allows native file downloading (I use it to download .mp3s/wavs for sampling), and allows actual fullscreen browsing with gestures.

    Try it before you decide to ditch iOS.
  9. UBS28 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 2, 2012
    Get the 12.9 inch then. It will open everything in desktop.
  10. macbequick macrumors newbie

    Oct 28, 2016
    No. The 12.9 won’t open everything in desktop. Which is very unfortunate.
  11. Spinrite macrumors newbie


    Oct 31, 2016
    use puffin pro browser, super fast browsing. It’s cloud browsing and supports desktop
  12. bnmcj1 macrumors 6502

    Apr 13, 2014
    I want to use safari and not some third party app.

    Going laptop only instead of iPad plus laptop I think. I dont like to use apps compared to normal browsing, e.g. for youtube etc.
  13. Booji thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Nov 17, 2011
    I'd like to see some benchmark report with stats on page loading times, refresh etc.

    As for third party browsers, I have iCab but really prefer Chrome as I can sync across all of my devices. With the Pro, its pretty fast as it is, and its only a handful of sites that direct me to mobile page so that is really not so inconvenient, at least based on the sites I commonly visit.
  14. Precursor macrumors 6502a


    Sep 29, 2015
    To me Safari is the fastest browser out there. Even before switching to Macs I was trying to find Safari to install on my windows PC, alas to no avail.
  15. sracer macrumors 604


    Apr 9, 2010
    Why is this amazing? Chrome on your iPad Pro is the same as Chrome or Safari running on an iPhone. A mobile OS browser loading pages requires less data to be transferred, less rendering... add to that, powerful specs, and it is a no-brainer.

    Note, this is not the difference between loading the mobile version of a page vs. desktop version... it is about the browsers themselves.

    If you were to customize your Chrome browser on Windows to disable the capabilities that it can do (but a mobile browser can't), you'd see similar performance.
  16. Jacoblee23 macrumors 65816

    Nov 10, 2011
    This thread is accurate. I also have the new 2017macbook and 2017 MacBook Pro and strangely enough the 10.5 is faster and is the fastest decide that I own.
  17. Vivian125 macrumors 6502


    May 19, 2017
    All iOS Device (iPhone 5 to the Present iPhone X, iPad 4 to iPad Pro 10.5") are Faster when it comes to browsing. Because Macbook, PC, or Windows run differently even if you're just using a Browser on both Device PC and iOS you won't notice that PC running some backgrounds that aren't there, (java script for example) also on Macbook it entertains a lot of annoying ADVertisements or ADS while iOS has only few to none ads hence making it fastest one.
  18. BeatCrazy macrumors 68000

    Jul 20, 2011
    Agreed with these comments - I have the 10.5 Pro (both LTE and Wi-Fi) and for the first time, I finally feel like a mobile device has just as fast web browsing as a desktop. Possibly my iMac Pro is a bit faster, but the iPad Pro is certainly as fast as my 2014 Mac mini, MacBook, or MacBook Pro. All of these running the latest macOS/Safari.
  19. fiddysent macrumors member


    Jun 11, 2010
    Rock Hill. NY
    yep my 9.7 pro has become my laptop replacement. my laptop is a mba from 2013 lol
  20. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    Frankly, I've felt the same since Pro 9.7/iOS 9 as far as webpage rendering being on par with desktops. Granted, for scrolling smoothness the 2017 iPad Pros are definitely nicer.
  21. DNichter macrumors G3


    Apr 27, 2015
    Philadelphia, PA
    Very happy with Safari performance on my 10.5. Easily the best computer I've owned.
  22. sparksd macrumors 68020

    Jun 7, 2015
    Seattle WA
    Chrome work great on my my 10.5 but I find I still prefer a larger screen and a mouse wheel for scrolling for any extensive browsing.
  23. ericwn macrumors 68020

    Apr 24, 2016
    When loading a site as desktop site the amount of ads is the same.
    The claim that all iOS devices are faster than all computers is wonky to say the least. Just because you see more ads on one platform doesn’t mean that can be made into a broad statement that suits everyone.

    JavaScript is usually executed both on iOS and on desktop systems as well.

    We all experience quite fast iOS web rendering but let’s not jump into random conclusions.
  24. Booji thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Nov 17, 2011
    The ads load pretty fast too!
  25. Johnny365 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 30, 2015
    I agree with the fast web browsing on the 10.5. Makes it much more enjoyable casually surfing the net, checking stuff out on my iPad than going to my Macbook Air.

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