Anyone wish Apple would allow extensions in Safari?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by WesCole, Jul 4, 2012.

  1. WesCole macrumors 6502a

    Jul 1, 2010
    Ever since I got 1Password, I have been hoping Apple would allow them to put an extension in Safari similar to the extension on desktop Safari. I don't see it happening anytime soon, but just wanted to know what everyone's feelings on extensions in mobile Safari are.
  2. Beta Particle macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2012
    1Password is really the only thing I would want for Safari. I'd be concerned about stability and speed adding anything else.

    Not a perfect solution by any means, but from reading their blog, it sounds like the guys over at Agile Bits are building a more browser-like experience for 1Password.
  3. WesCole thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 1, 2010
    It wouldn't bother me if they only allowed 1Password and no one else. :)

    I like their browser, but since we can't even change the default browser without jail breaking, it is useless for links I get in emails and text messages.
  4. irnchriz macrumors 65816


    May 2, 2005
  5. Redjericho macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2011
    If there's one thing i've learned from extensions, it's that they slow down browsers considerably. With Firefox, I often open it and it takes so long to open that I forget I was even waiting.

    If i'm in dire need of an extension, the jailbreak community has me covered, but I never keep more than 1 installed at a time in fear of slowing safari down to a turtle.
  6. Beta Particle macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2012
    I agree, and this is hardly the solution, but for now, creating a bookmarklet can help.

    (Apparently this doesn’t work on iOS 6 now though :( )
    If you are selective of what you run, extensions shouldn’t slow down the browser. Firefox is quicker than Safari on my machine at home, despite running more extensions, but I use things like NoScript and RequestPolicy, which can speed up page loads considerably, negating the loss of speed from running extensions.

    On a mobile device though, we’re still very power limited and don’t really have the overhead for most extensions. Perhaps if Apple had very strict requirements on what an extension could do, it might work.

    I don’t think something like 1Password would affect browser speed at all, due to it only being required for logins. I don’t know how it would work with all the sandboxing iOS does though.
  7. AGKhad macrumors newbie


    Jun 28, 2012
    Great discussion, folks.

    Haha! I want to say that I wouldn't mind that, but I think we would make a lot of enemies. :)

    Yeah, I think the integration in Mobile Safari would be less of an issue if Apple allowed users to set a different default browser.

    We've experimented with bookmarklets in the past, but as Beta Particle points out, this is not a very reliable method of "integrating" with Mobile Safari. :( There is not currently a supported method, though onepassword3:// is the current custom URL scheme in iOS and will at least open the app when launched. Searching via the URL scheme is theoretically possible, but it is unsupported since it is not reliable.

    You can be sure that we will exhaust every possible avenue if Apple ever changes their policies about setting a default browser or Mobile Safari extensions.

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