MOZILLA HAS finally released a version of Firefox for iOS users, the first time the major third-party browser has been fully available for iPhone and iPad as well as iPod Touch.
Users are offered the ability to sync bookmarks and passwords across devices, as well as a private browsing mode.
Visual tabs allow you to manage multiple tabs on the same screen, something that neither Chrome in Lollipop or Safari in iOS offers, and search suggestions are configurable to the search engine of your choosing.
The Firefox blog comments: "Firefox for iOS lets you take your favourite browser with you wherever you go with the Firefox features you already love including smart and flexible search, intuitive tab management, syncing with Firefox Accounts and Private Browsing."
However, it's not quite that simple. The reason that it has taken so long for third-party browsers to appear on iOS is that for a long time they were heavily restricted. Now the rules are a little more relaxed, but with certain caveats.
The app has been testing in beta for users in New Zealand, but today marks its full launch, joining the likes of Opera Mini, Dolphin and Chrome.
Browsers in Firefox must use the Webkit Kernel, the same one used by Safari, meaning that there's actually a lot less different going on under the hood compared to the same browsers on Android. Mozilla dubbed this as a "monoculture" and refused to play along. A cut-down version called "Firefox Hello" came and went, but for a long time there was no Firefox on iOS.
But just as with its introduction of DRM support earlier this year, something it previously swore never to do, Mozilla has had to compromise its principles in order to keep up with its competitors.
So remember, when you're using Private Browsing to search for Christmas presents, it's all still being rendered in Webkit. µ
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