Apple didn’t spend much time detailing the new Safari version that comes as a part of the iOS 8 update, only mentioning its slightly altered UI and improved search box. Today, however, we learn that it will also bring improved HTML5 support.
Benchmarks of the new mobile Safari appeared in the HTML5test.com database, showing that the browser scores 440 points (out of 550). That’s notably better than the 412 score of its predecessor and even beats the Android 4.4 KitKat stock browser, which achieves 428 points.
However, the other mobile browsers are some way ahead – the latest mobile Chrome gets 488, Firefox 464, while Opera manages 471. None of these can match the BlackBerry 10.2 stock browser and its 491 points, though.
BlackBerry 10.2 stock browser 491
Chrome 33 488
Safari (iOS 8) 440
Android KitKat stock browser 428
Safari (iOS 7) 412
WP 8.1 stock browser 372
WP 8 stock browser 332
Keep in mind that this is a compatibility rather than a performance benchmark. So a higher score indicates that a browser supports the new HTML5 standards more comprehensively, rather than being faster with handling HTML5 content.