Mozilla Confirms They Won’t Develop Firefox For iOS Until Apple Allows Alternate Rendering Engines

32

Comments

+ Add a Comment
avatar

Laptop Adapters...

I can not be more than agree with what you have said. and please keep it on!!!
Thank you for your sharng!!!

avatar

jerixcwn

This is one of the reasons I refuse to use Apple iOS.

One of the reasons I don't use Android is cause they won't allow me to install AdBlock software.

that leaves Firefox and Ubuntu phones. Ubuntu looks best to me. But I will be using Firefox web browser on the Ubuntu-Phone when it is released.

Users should be able to run the software they prefer to use.

avatar

Brian Eberman

As a developer, I have become a Firefox fan since I started developing FireFox Add-ons with the Add-on Builder and SDK and I was hoping if it would be available for MacBook too. I have been making use of its capabilities which is quite amazing to work with. With more and more plugins, I develop my own add-ons as required. You should also check it out and review:

http://groupdocs.com/blog/tech-blog/archive/2013/02/01/developing-firefox-add-ons-with-the-add-on-builder-and-sdk.html

avatar

Professor_Marvel

This is why certain apps are barred from the Apple store, because they "duplicate functionality" (read: "you're stuck with our shizzy app, no downloading superior 3rd party productivity apps!")

It's just like Apple, to make themselves look good, you can't aquire a comparison tool or provide yourself with the best soft/hardware.

Apple makes great products, at the cost of great service (or great price).

-1 for Apple.

avatar

dantfmly

-20 apple

avatar

dantfmly

-20 apple

avatar

Engelsstaub

+40 apple = -1 apple

avatar

EZ Ridah

Luckily if you jailbreak your iOS device you can use Nitrous, which allows you to use the Nitro engine for third party apps. For example, after jailbreaking you can set Chrome as your default browser and also have it be as fast as Safari using Nitrous. This should obviously be a default option and jailbreaking should never be needed, but at least there is this workaround (and others) when Apple decides to try and screw everyone.

avatar

dantfmly

Thats Apple for you, closed off and give you no oportunity to try things elsewhere. The iSheep keep following though and letting apple tell them what they should have on their phone and tablets.

avatar

FireGarden

+1

This is why I avoid Apple products like the plague.

avatar

pastorbob

History teaches us that Apple will not open their platform. I think Mozilla will blink first on this one.

avatar

Paper Jam

+1

avatar

PCWolf

Firefox cant even get its browser to work right in Windows. The levels of Suck keep going up with every version release of Firefox. Constant updates breaking addons, its so bad, I might start using Chrome. If only there was No Script & a You Tube Downloader for it.

avatar

PCLinuxguy

Chrome has those. you just have to "Google" them. I have Adblock Plus (not Adblock for chrome but the real ABP), as well as No Script and a YouTube downloader. IMO the add ons for chrome overall are alot better than what Mozilla is offering for Firefox. FF's add ons seem more like just tools, scripts, or themes whereas chrome has those and more, even if they are just glorified web links.
I also like how chrome uses less screen real estate for the tab and address bar, giving me more screen for the site I'm viewing.

avatar

DogPatch1149

"In-superior"? Really? I think the word you're looking for is "inferior".

Apple won't open the platform for two reasons: 1) It's contrary to their walled-garden approach to everything, and 2) They know that Firefox will probably seriously kick Safari's ass if coded to use the Nitro engine.

avatar

AFDozerman

You mean iron monkey, right? I severely doubt they would use nitro.

avatar

DogPatch1149

You're right - my bad. This is what happens when you write comments without enough coffee nearby. :/

avatar

fuzz_64

So MS is getting fined hundreds of millions of dollars for not shipping someone else's browser with their operating system but not only does Apple not include other browsers, they actively prevent other browsers from competing???

avatar

PCLinuxguy

because people are using the ignorant excuse of Apple's low market share as a way to keep the blame away from Apple when they mess up. IMO regardless of how much or little of a "market share" apple has, they should be held to the same anti-monopolistic standard as Microsoft.

Fine all companies pulling sneaky crap like that or fine no one, can't be playing favorites.

avatar

xRadeon

I think the subtitle should be changed to: Mozilla is intentionally ignoring Apple’$ mobile platform.

avatar

Eoraptor

why would they open up their operating system to competition? there's no profit in it for them, and their customers are already largely locked into their walled garden so it's not like they're likely to go elsewhere. unless a court or governent decides to intervene it will remain exactly like this. And Microsoft is following suit in Windows8, where browesers access to the metro side of the interface are similarly crippled by "security concerns"

Meanwhile, the phone companies have succeeded in making unlocking phones illegal as well, meaning that you're soon going to be at the mercy of your carrier's choice in browsers as well.

god bless america, land of the profitable

avatar

nutnub

could not put it better than above poster. sad and unfortunate situation for consumers when companies no longer seek to progress and only profit

avatar

PDX-1337

So we will never see Firefox on iOS then...

avatar

Renegade Knight

Not unless Apple releases it's death grip on browser restrictions.

avatar

Engelsstaub

This is honestly kind of a dick-move by Apple. They're within their rights to make such a move, but it's still a dick-move.

This doesn't actually encourage sales of iOS devices IMO. Most people have a browser on their desktop that syncs bookmarks to their mobile browser. Since Safari is now Mac-only most people (Windows-users) are going to be forced to use an inferior browser on iOS. ...like I said: dick-move. I don't understand why Apple cares so much about what browser people use. It seems almost inconsequential in light of the fact that they've already sold the device and now have another App Store customer buying actual paid software.

avatar

Peanut Fox

Probably because Apple receives revenue by sharing data on consumers and pushing ads through the Safari browser.

avatar

Nixon

"Will Apple ever open up their platform to proper competition? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below."

Not even until the day they die.

avatar

Paper Jam

Forget the browser ballot, EU. iOS looks like a much more deserving candidate for a lawsuit. How can this be legal?

avatar

0ly1r3m@1ns

I agree, I find it odd they slap M$ but Apple has worse policies but its fine

avatar

Nixon

I'm guessing because Microsoft is more widely used at business and home over anything apple to even be considered.

avatar

Paper Jam

Don't underestimate Apple. I was at the Charlotte airport a couple weeks ago and I saw more Macbooks than Windows PC's, and more iPhones than any other smartphone. Business and home users are migrating to mobile, and Apple's presence is growing.

avatar

PCLinuxguy

Regardless of how Apple is "less widely used" than Microsoft, it should still be penalized for doing the same thing, otherwise it shows favoritism. Not to mention Apple is spreading like a weed here recently. Seen alot more Apple kiosks in stores and more and more carrying iphones and ipads. apple laptops seem steady, no rising or falling.

Log in to MaximumPC directly or log in using Facebook

Forgot your username or password?
Click here for help.

Login with Facebook
Log in using Facebook to share comments and articles easily with your Facebook feed.