That particular benchmark is focused on 1 (and only 1) aspect of the JS vm: garbage collection. Ch17 is overall faster than Ch15 in certain areas and small incremental improvements across the board made this possible. The benefits of the new GC will be visible (as Google mentions it) only in certain types of applications and not across the board (some of the other V8 benchmarks yeld virtually identical scores between Ch15 and Ch17).
And... BTW... I see Firefox and Opera but where are the comparisons with the other major browsers? IE & Safari?
phantom, there are 100+ millions of active iOS devices all running Safari (and ONLY Safari). That is a major browser, no matter how you put it. Also, according to http://www.netmarketshare.com, Safari is the 4th most popular browser with ~8% of computer market share. Depending on your country/region/site, that 8% may vary dramatically.
You can ignore reality or wish it was different, but that does not change it. Safari is a major browser and it's market share will continue to grow. IE is also a major browser even if it's market share is declining. I'd rather see those compared than the relatively obscure (even though very good) Opera.
[citation][nom]amk-aka-phantom[/nom]Wait... something wrong here. A Gruener article without Apple advertisement praise?[/citation]
Not much fruity news lately... at least it's not "why PC is dead (or not)".
@mihaimm: But don't they(iOS users) usually use site specific apps for access?
[citation][nom]tanjo[/nom].@mihaimm: But don't they(iOS users) usually use site specific apps for access?[/citation]
If it's an HTML5 based app, that's gonna use the same Safari browser. More and more apps become HTML5 today as it makes little sense to develop completely different ones for Android, iOS, BBOS, bada, WM, webOS and Symbian. Instead we're using the underlying browser and the HTML5 capabilities to develop stuff that works reasonably well an all platforms and then we optimize for each in particular. But at least there's a common code base that can be reused. As such, the performance of the browser is crucial for the performance of the application.