Firefox for iOS coming soon: Mozilla

Apple has tight restrictions when it comes to supporting third party browsers on their platform a move that has delayed popular browsers like Firefox from getting onto iOS. Mozilla seems to be changing it’s stance, and it’s mainly because iOS is so popular. In a tweet yesterday, Mozilla release manager Lukas Blakk said,”We need to be where our users are so we’re going to get Firefox on iOS.” As the embed below shows, below

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Mozilla has long wanted to bring its own rendering process to iOS, but Apple shows no signs of lifting the restrictions it has in place to prevent that. With iOS8 we saw Apple open up to third party keyboards  and now that Apple has given developers full access to its speedy JavaScript engine, expect more third party browsers soon. Previously that had been exclusive to Safari. and third-party options like Google’s Chrome and Dolphin were always slower than Apple’s own software as a result. Mozilla may no longer be so insistent about building its own engine. The company could still make Firefox for iOS look and feel much different than Safari on the iOS platform.

 

Source: Lukas Blakk (Twitter)

 

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