THE MOZILLA FOUNDATION has released a new version of the Firefox browser for iOS users featuring a number of updates.
Front and centre of the new version is the addition of 3D Touch, which provides a pop-up Quick Access menu with options to open the last bookmark, a new tab or a new private tab.
There's also 'peek and pop' which lets you preview a tab and take actions on it, such as adding it to a reading list, copying the URL or closing the tab, without actually loading the whole page first.
You can now type queries directly into the Spotlight Search Bar on iOS devices and perform a 'find in page' text search by long pressing a text item.
Finally, the latest version offers control of your user names and passwords, including those stored locally and those synced across the network.
There's a new pop-up that will now appear with each update to tell you what has changed.
Firefox for iOS was released in November last year after beta testing, and represented the first time a big name third-party browser had launched on the platform.
Like all iOS browsers, Firefox uses the WebKit kernel, which is also used by Safari. This has been a sticking point for developers in the past, and Mozilla refused for a long time to be involved in what it described as a "monoculture".
The Mozilla Foundation recently confirmed that it will switch development of its own operating system towards Internet of Things devices having failed to mount a successful battle for market share in the mobile space.
Firefox for iOS was one of several innovations to arrive last year from Mozilla, including a 64-bit edition of the desktop browser followed swiftly by desktop notifications and a content blocker for iOS users. µ
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