After months of beta testing, Mozilla makes Firefox for iOS official

After months of beta testing, Mozilla makes Firefox for iOS official
We are not "Browser Police", but if you aren't using Chrome or Opera on your PC, chances are that you are a fan of Mozilla's popular Firefox. While all of the aforementioned trinity are available on Android, Firefox's absence from the Apple App Store was a glaring omission. Well, that's no more - Mozilla has finally released an iOS version of its browser, after months of beta testing the app.

But why didn't Mozilla release Firefox on iOS long ago? Backstory time: Apple won't approve a third-party browser to the App Store if the latter does not use Apple's own WebKit engine. Unfortunately for Mozilla, Firefox relies on its in-house Gecko engine, which is equal to a "no-no" from Apple. So, the developer was on the fence with two options before itself: either fully embrace WebKit or stay away from the App Store.

It seems that the former option has been chosen to be more beneficial, and lo and behold, Firefox is now openly available for just anyone with an iOS device to give it a spin. Well, you still need to have iOS 8.2 or newer on your device, but judging by the adoption rates for Apple's mobile gadgets, that shouldn't be a problem. Additionally, the browser is optimized for the recently-launched iPad Pro from the get-go.

Feature-wise, Firefox for iOS has a large arsenal of features. Private browsing, Firefox Sync, and "visual tabs" are just a few highlights that could be found in the feature list of Mozilla's spic-'n-span iOS browser. Of course, it's free to download and use, so don't hesitate to give it a try. 

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11 Comments

1. jesus_sheep

Posts: 279; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

Firefox has been irrelevant since 2011.

2. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1409; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Apple will downgrade every web browser on iOS to make Safari look better, waste of time to develop this

3. runzlord

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Safari is still better than android browsers tho.

6. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Yeah, says the iFan! *sigh*

9. AlikMalix unregistered

I agree with you, but you need to expand your point. Your blanket term does not make an argument valid. But instead only subjective. Edit this was reply to post #3

4. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

I really want to use Chrome on desktop, but Firefox is just so customizable with many more add-ons, extensions, and developer support that I can make my browser exactly the way I want. I do go back and try Chrome every few months, but go back to Firefox after a few weeks.

7. AlikMalix unregistered

Hey does Firefoxhave an extension for syncing bookmarks and favorites with Safari on iOS? I'm a iPhone/iPad/PC combo at home - and chrome plays very nice with iOS and iCloud services. It's a real question not being sarcastic or anything....

5. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

really, it's not worth it. iOS imposes alot of selfish rules/policies that downgrades or disadvantages the competition

8. AlikMalix unregistered

And how is the experience better on android while browsing the web with either browser? Come on, expend your point, enlighten us with a few details. These blanket accusations are getting boring!

10. combatmedic870

Posts: 982; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Any chance this will be more stable then chromes force close crap!?! I can't handle this anymore. Chrome Gmail and swiftkey ask FC in my all the dang time!!!! Ahhhhhh!!!!

11. Metamorphosis

Posts: 15; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

Firefox is my favorite browser. I use it on PC & my smarthphone. Its fast and has lots of addons and in addition to these its not resource hungry and not spyware like Chrome.

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