Macquarie Equity Research is not only sure that Google will release a version of Chrome for iOS, but that the app will be coming this quarter, which means sometime by the end of June. Macquarie sites not only the popularity of the other versions of Chrome on different platforms, but says that releasing an iOS version would limit the amount of traffic acquisition cost (TAC) that Google pays to Apple for the use of Google search in Safari.
It would certainly be nice to see Chrome on iOS, but even if the option is there, it won't change the fact that it's impossible to change the default browser on iOS, so links will still open in Safari. And, it doesn't seem like that will change any time soon.
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