Chrome, in its early days, gained a great reputation for being fast and lightweight. That is the reason it’s the first thing installed on a brand new MacBook for almost all the users. But is that really a clever decision?
Contrary to the popular belief, Chrome in no way is better than FireFox and Safari. Especially if you own a MacBook or an iMac, you should definitely avoid using it. Although Safari has its flaws, they are not as bad as Chrome. As suggested a number of apple blogs including the Cult Of Mac, Chrome operating system is the worst thing ever happened to the browser. The quality has been dropping ever since it was updated for the first time. However, major cons were covered with all the boasting about the browser’s speed and the fact that it was free. The illusion led to a high number of Mac users getting fed up with Safari and considering Chrome a better option, which it is definitely not. Here’s why every Mac user with Chrome on their laptops should immediately consider switching.
Chrome can slow down your Mac
I can’t remember the last time a non-technical person asked me why their Mac was slow and it wasn’t a result of dozens of open Chrome tabs.
— Anoop Ranganath (@anoopr) January 11, 2016
This is something every non-technical mac-loving person will be familiar with. Thousands of people complaining about how their mac has slowed down. Well, that is because Chrome uses a lot of CPU power. The browser prioritises speed, its inefficient programming is a peak reason too. Try shutting it down and everything would feel faster immediately. Chrome not only is slow itself but also slows down your entire mac.
It eats your Mac’s Battery Recklessly
Mac’s battery doesn’t last long? This thing has been said countless times and will be said in future: if battery life is important to you, avoid using Chrome on your Mac. Replacing the browser with Safari can do real good for your laptop’s battery life. this is relevant for older Macs as well. Try clicking on your battery icon below your Apple Wallpaper now. You’ll always find it sitting there.
Reportedly, Google is working towards solving the problem and has made good progress. God only knows when the job will finally finish. You don’t have to agree with us necessarily. Check it by yourself. Open up the Activity Monitor on your Mac, then head to the “Energy” section. open the same tabs with Safari or any other browser and observe the energy both consume. Try it with iTunes, YouTube or Netflix, as it is specifically true in those cases.
Your Laptop Fans Will Sound Like They’re About To Explode
It’s kind of nuts that Chrome sets off the fans in my 2015 Macbook Pro when like Final Cut and Adobe Premier don’t…
— Larry Madill (@larrymadill) December 16, 2015
Chrome uses more CPU power to perform same tasks as Safari does consuming relatively less power. Mac users will hear more of their fans while using the browser than while not using it. And sometimes, when your mac’s CPU cannot handle the pressure, fans start sounding like some jet engine.
Watching an HD video in Chrome will spin up the fans on this Macbook something crazy. Safari? Nice and cool.
— Boo-pixelwide🎃 (@2pixelwide) December 12, 2015
The Confusing Extensions
If you’re a Mac user who has been using Chrome for a long while, you might have come across something like this on your computer.
Some of you might find this helpful while others, confusing. The extensions open up in Chrome. How are they even a bit different from bookmarks? Try deleting this folder, it won’t go away. Whatever you do, it would not get deleted. Just another way in which Chrome seems to do its own thing regardless of what’s normal on the Mac ecosystem. The apps or extensions are very repetitive which can consume your Mac’s storage.
This is also true when it comes to iPhones. If you’re using iPhone 6, iPhone 6S, or iPhone 7, you might have had a similar complaint a number of times. iPhone’s storage full or iPhone’s storage almost full are one of Apple user’s main complaints in many cases. Again, I strongly recommend switching browsers.
Google’s Tracking Your Moves
Using Chrome means Google is keeping track of your every little move. What extensions you operate, your Gmail, your browsing history, your communications and besides. it’s almost like your internal monologue is being watched. Many people have no idea how precisely their information is getting stored and monetized by Google while using Chrome.
Mac Support Is Something Distant
Every one of us knows this: Hangouts sucks on the desktop. The reason, according to makeuseof, is the lack of a dedicated application. If we use Chrome, it does not fit in the environment of our Macs, if we do not use it, there is no dedicated application. The app version is no less confusing.
No other app shows up automatically on the desktop, this one does. There is both an app and an extension for Hangouts serve the same purpose but behave completely differently. Furthermore, the notifications for Hangouts don’t integrate with the OS X notification center.
Safari Has Got Way Better
Recent version of Safari has got faster, sleeker, and better than Chrome. However, as Safari has gained itself a bad reputation out there due to a number of reasons, many people will disagree. Saying ‘It’s good but I would rather prefer Chrome.’ None of the above criticisms apply to Apple’s browser. That is because it integrates very well with Mac’s ecosystem. If you’re all-in with the Apple platform, Safari is the better choice. Seriously, if you haven’t tried safari over Chrome yet, you’re missing something really good, or at least better.