Google Chrome is one of the top web browsers available but in case of Apple’s MacBook, it is always advised not to use Chrome as it drains Mac’s battery life faster. Using Apple’s own Safari browser instead, improves MacBook’s battery life by over three hours!
When The Verge ran its usual battery tests on Apple’s new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display, they found that the battery lasted much longer when the Safari browser was used. For the tests, the MacBook’s screen was set to 65% brightness and it was made to cycle through several websites until the battery died out.
When the native Safari browser was used, the battery of MacBook Pro lasted for 13 hours and 18 minutes but when Chrome was used, its battery gave out after 9 hours and 45 minutes only. Thus we can see that the Mac’s battery drained out about 3 and 1/2 hours early with Chrome proving that although it is a great browser, it is not as efficient on Mac as the Safari.
“Not to put too fine a point on it, but this is insane,” writes The Verge. “It’s the same exact computer. The battery, the processor, the memory — nothing changes but the web browser and the MacBook’s endurance is suddenly scythed down by a whopping three and a half hours.”
It is not only the battery life, the speed and quality obtained with Chrome was also not as good as the Safari. When the SunSpider browser benchmark test was run on MacBook pro, Safari clocked 144ms which was 30% faster than Chrome which clocked 203ms. Even the new 4K, 60fps videos of Google’s own YouTube are not playable properly in Mac on Chrome but the same videos play very nicely on Safari.
It seems that both Apple and Google are to blame for this sorry state of affairs. Apple, because it wants to promote its own Safari browser as being the most fast, efficient and ideal browser and will always keep it optimized even for the latest OS X platform. However, 3 and 1/2 hours is a bit too much and Google needs to address this issue on a priority basis as Chrome has never worked properly on MacBooks.