Mozilla Won't Release Firefox for iOS Until Apple Changes Its Unfriendly Attitude

Posted March 10, 2013 at 10:44pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 11159 views

Mozilla says that it won't release Firefox for iOS until Apple changes its unfriendly attitude toward third party browsers, reports CNET.

Jay Sullivan, vice president of product at Mozilla, made the comments during a panel discussion at SXSW.

The sticking point for Mozilla is not being able to carry over its sophisticated rendering and javascript engines to iOS. Essentially, the organization doesn't feel like it can build the browser it wants to for Apple's platform, Sullivan told CNET.

Additionally, Apple prevents users from making any other application the default browser. This means that users are often forced to use Safari when they may have preferred another app.

Sullivan argued that this closed environment makes Apple's users suffer. However, when CNET reported queried the audience, a majority of attendees identified themselves as iOS users but few indicated they were suffering.

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Rockne1865 - March 12, 2013 at 4:34pm
If you jailbreak you can get a nifty drop down app that let's you wipe the history from Safari & you can wipe free memory 1000s of cool apps
Rockne1865 - March 12, 2013 at 4:30pm
Hear! Hear! Jack Black I never upgrade to a new IPhone until a jailbreak is available if I could not jailbreak my phone I won't buy it. It's not a smart phone without if you can't jailbreak it! Still even with a jailbreak I'm getting damm good & tired of Apples attitude they make too many Discissions like weather or not I can have apps with porn or if I can customize my lock screen I won't buy anything I can't take apart & tinker with? That's why America has had so many innovators & inventors plus the App Store is an unlawful monopoly I still buy things from the App Store when they have what I want. Even if I never got anything from third party's I would still jailbreak.
aquariusrick - March 11, 2013 at 8:25pm
Mozilla needs Apple more than Apple needs Mozilla. They both may be sinking ships, but Mozilla will sink a lot sooner than Apple will. I haven't used Firefox in years since the dev team became incompetent.
Xxbs2o0oxX - March 11, 2013 at 7:20pm
Why don't they just put on iOS. It's on android!!
jaysee - March 11, 2013 at 6:38pm
Oh no! won't you please release your piece of crap browser for iOS?? Safari > Firefox Chrome > all browsers
M3th0s - March 27, 2013 at 3:44pm
That was amusing! Please tell me more how Safari is also in control of the browser market! Oh wait, it isn't right? Lool...
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