Apple Misleads Users Once Again with Half Truths and Outright Lies

Recently, I took Apple to task for misleading the general population with its deceptive HTML5 and Web Standards demos. Of course, that was not the first time Apple used questionable tactics and it won’t be the last time either.

On Monday, Apple unveiled iPhone 4 and Safari 5 – both of which are impressive products in their own way. Yet, Apple felt the need to twist the facts to grab eyeballs.

Let me start off with Safari. In its press release, Apple claims, “Safari 5 on the Mac runs JavaScript 30 percent faster than Safari 4, three percent faster than Chrome 5.0, and over twice as fast as Firefox 3.6″. Intrigued by Apple’s claim, several bloggers and journalists performed their own tests. Needless to say, the results achieved by them didn’t quite hold up to Apple’s claims.

Safari5 gets beaten by Chrome 5 and Opera 10.53 (via Gavin M. Roy)

Gavin M. Roy found that Safari was comprehensively outperformed by both Chrome 5 and Opera 10.53. Safari’s performance looks even more ordinary when compared with Chrome 6 and Opera 10.60.

Safari5 gets beaten by Chrome 6 and Opera 10.6 (via DownloadSquad)

If this wasn’t bad enough, Apple also misrepresented the clarity offered by Retina Display during Steve Job’s keynote. Don’t get me wrong. IPhone 4’s display is indeed stunning. In fact, it’s most probably better than anything its competitors have to offer. However, as pointed out by George Ou, the slides used during the presentation depicted a PPI (pixels per inch) of 815. That is almost three times more than what is actually offered by the iPhone. Even iPhone advertisements exaggerate the clarity improvement achieved by the retina display.

Retina Display: Apple’s Claims vs Truth

It’s not uncommon for companies to exaggerate their product’s capabilities. However, Apple seems to have almost made it an habit and an art.

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Pallab De

Pallab De is a blogger from India who has a soft spot for anything techie. He loves trying out new software and spends most of his day breaking and fixing his PC. Pallab loves participating in the social web; he has been active in technology forums since he was a teenager and is an active user of both twitter (@indyan) and facebook .

  • Why am I not surprised? :p

  • You've got some errors in the post. The first graph (SunSpider) clearly shows Safari 5 beating Chrome and Opera (no idea about the latters' versions), since 'lower is better'. Of course, it gets owned in the Peacekeeper benchmark.

    Safari obviously sucks, and so does Apple (on many terms!), but at least it gets some love from the Sunspider tests. :)

    • Thanks for pointing it out. Safari indeed edges out Chrome 5 and Opera 10.6 in the SunSpider test, however gets outperformed in other tests. I had intended to upload the image for the Dromeo test and not Sunspider.

  • Apple has always been a liar about Safari. That too, barefaced. They know that we know that they know, but they just wont tell us straight. Reminds me of an episode from Friends.

  • Hector Macias Ayala

    I remember that peacekeeper cropped pic, I got it as an answer in downloadsquad because I asked to have a comparisson to opera and chrome, as I said there, just to enjoy the crushing.