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Is Firefox finally coming to iOS?

Is Firefox finally coming to iOS?
Jonathan Riggall

Jonathan Riggall

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Great news for iPhone users – Mozilla has (unofficially) said it’s going to bring Firefox to iOS. It’s quite a surprising move, as the organization has said for a long time that it wouldn’t do so because it didn’t want to develop using Apple’s own Javascript and rendering engines, necessary for browsers on iOS.

In the past, Mozilla has said that it would not develop for iOS unless it could use its own web engine, but this has allowed Google Chrome and Opera to get a foothold in the big iOS market, while discouraging Firefox’s use on other platforms. Firefox Sync, which allows you to easily use your bookmarks and history wherever you want, is basically useless if you can’t use it on your mobile.

The news came from an internal Mozilla event in Portland, reported by Mozilla Release Manager Lukas Blakk on Twitter. He said, “we need to be where our users are so we’re going to get Firefox on iOS,” with the hashtag ‘mozlandia‘ (the meeting is in the home of comedy series Portlandia). There has been no official announcement so far, but it could be that Mozilla’s new CEO has prompted a change in attitude towards iOS.

We’ll update as soon as we know anything about possible release dates or any other information.

If you use iOS and have never tried an alternative browser, there are a number of good alternatives:

Opera Mini

Chrome

UC Browser

Dolphin Browser

Source: TechCrunch

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