Firefox 8.0 for iOS Brings New Tab Experience, Night Mode, and QR Code Reader

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Mozilla has released Firefox 8.0 for iOS with several notable new features including a Night Mode, a built-in QR code reader, and a redesigned tab experience.

    Changes to the web browser's tabs mean users now see recently visited sites whenever they open up a new one, combined with highlights from previous web visits. Mozilla says this change in particular will be rolled out to users gradually over the next few weeks.


    As for the new Night Mode, this refers to a web page brightness dimming feature for easier reading in dark environments, rather than a darkened interface as such.

    Version 8.0 of the browser also introduces Feature Recommendations, which are basically hints and time-saving tips to help users improve their Firefox experience. In addition, it's also now possible to send a web page or tab to another Firefox-synced device, across both desktop and mobile devices.

    Other smaller tweaks to the app include yMail as one of the supported email clients, the password manager now has improved login page detection, and when users copy a link Firefox will now prompt them to open it, rather than having to paste it in manually.

    Firefox 8.0 web browser is a free download for iPhone and iPad available on the App Store. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: Firefox 8.0 for iOS Brings New Tab Experience, Night Mode, and QR Code Reader
  2. simply258 macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2003
    I don't understand why a local feature needs to be rolled out over time and not on release.
  3. LDNA macrumors newbie


    Jul 2, 2017
    And yet you still can't rearrange tabs on iPhone or iPad
  4. Shortdog macrumors newbie


    Sep 21, 2015
  5. OldSchoolMacGuy Suspended


    Jul 10, 2008
    iOS 11 already includes a QR code reader built into the camera. No real need for it in Firefox.
  6. 4jasontv macrumors 68000

    Jul 31, 2011
    It's nice to see Zawinski's Law still applies.
  7. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    Who uses Firefox nowadays, when there's a perfectly fine one...Safari.

    They just fixed it, oh wait...that was 2013
  8. iLLUMI macrumors 6502

    Aug 1, 2012
    Downloaded it and gave it a go on my iPad Mini. It's a bit slow and clunky.
    Safari is still way ahead.
  9. Larry The L Suspended

    Jun 9, 2016
    I love how sure you are of yourself. So I won't waste your time informing you of some very severe limitations in Safari. I had to use Chrome to accomplish things that Safari completely FAILS at. Safari if far from being fail safe.
  10. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    1. You used Chrome, not Firefox.
    2. Nothing is perfect.(I have no limitations in Safari, if sites use Java/Silverlight I won't use them).
    3. Safari is the fastest browser.
    4. Safari is included when you install macOs so why bother changing to another.
    5. You won't see me using anything google, chrome included, and yes, I block ALL google scripts/Adds/cookies/trackers...
  11. Whimseh macrumors member

    May 24, 2010
    Oh hey Chrome did this already.

    Anyways, QR codes aren’t even a thing anymore... These companies are so late and so out of the loop when they should be at the forefront.
  12. lazyrighteye macrumors 68000


    Jan 16, 2002
    Denver, CO
    Ha. Definitely in need of a freshen up.
    --- Post Merged, Jul 21, 2017 ---
    Surprised no one has chimed in about that device mockup. :eek:
  13. ges macrumors member

    May 20, 2016
    Apologies for off-topic, but wouldn't the phone in the picture above be a great iPhone? The footprint of the SE but bezel-less meaning the screen could be around iPhone 6 size. And looks great.
  14. SigEp265 macrumors 6502


    Dec 15, 2011
    Southern California
    If it had a built in ad blocker I'd use it ...
  15. hotgril Suspended


    Jul 4, 2017
    Artsakh, Armenia
    I appreciate what Mozilla does, but why bother with Firefox on iOS? Is there some killer feature I'm missing?
  16. stainless macrumors member


    Jul 2, 2007
    Yes, it syncs tabs to your desktop and via-a-versa. So one can begin an article or find a company to use and get home and sync to their Firefox... But my Safari already does that (he/she says), ah not on Windows!

    I do agree that QR codes are DEAD for consumers, great for business use for inventory, tracking, etc. but a pain in the backside for consumers.
  17. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Good chucks of that don't apply to many who use PCs.
  18. hotgril Suspended


    Jul 4, 2017
    Artsakh, Armenia
    Seems that Safari should just have some cross-platform support for this if that's it. That's also the only reason I've heard for using Chrome.

    Anyway, I know I'm not everyone, but I've never had the desire to save tabs on my phone and have them appear on my desktop or use history from my phone, nor have I ever seen someone do that. Not really worth.
  19. Bawstun macrumors 65816


    Jun 25, 2009
    Safari is most assuredly NOT the fastest browser for iOS. I mean, it SHOULD be...
  20. Glockworkorange macrumors 68000


    Feb 10, 2015
    Chicago, Illinois
    I agree---wish Chrome/Opera/Firefox could use the content blockers introduced in iOS 9. Apple's smart to keep that Safari specific.
  21. aleni macrumors 68020

    Jun 2, 2006
  22. DeepIn2U macrumors 603


    May 30, 2002
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    You're worried about tabs?
    * Still cannot save a bookmark to a new folder (unable to create one on the fly)!
    * Still poor UI of saving bookmarks
    * Still cannot collapse folders when not needed when opening or saving bookmarks!

    See above!

    More importantly cause someone at Apple felt it was smart to:
    no longer create Safari for Windows PC's
    - BUT cross platform worked for the iPod Classic (before it was called Classic)
    - still makes iTunes for Windows and drivers for iOS devices to connect.

    So why isn't Safari available since 5.1.7 for Windows?
  23. BigDO macrumors 6502a


    Dec 9, 2012
    sad to know there are real people burning real manhours polishing this stale turd
  24. sulpfiction macrumors 68030


    Aug 16, 2011
    Philadelphia Area
    Safari is leaps and bounds better. Not perfect. But
  25. Sill macrumors 6502a

    Nov 14, 2014
    I don't understand - why the alternate browser thing on iOS? Doesn't Apple guidelines require that every browser installed use Apple's browser engine? So whats the difference in using another browser? Aside from the whole Chrome spyware thing, I mean.

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