Firefox for iOS Soft Launches in New Zealand

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Mozilla released the first public preview of Firefox for iOS on the App Store in New Zealand today. The company aims to collect feedback on Firefox for iOS in the country, and eventually a few others, to help make improvements and add new features to the browser prior to a worldwide launch later this year.


The public preview version of Firefox for iOS features Intelligent Search, Firefox Accounts and Visual Tabs.
Intelligent Search: Suggested search results and list of search options, including Google, Bing, Yahoo, DuckDuckGo, Twitter, Amazon and WordPress
Firefox Accounts: Firefox browser history, passwords and tabs from your desktop on your iPhone
Visual Tabs: A card-based grid of open tabs
To provide feedback within the app, tap the numeric tab icon on the top right, tap the "Settings" menu on the top left and tap on "Send Feedback" under the "Support" menu.

Mozilla was initially opposed to releasing Firefox on iOS because of Apple's policy that requires third-party browsers to use its own WebKit framework and JavaScript engine, but the company reversed course and announced plans to release an iOS app in December 2014. Other third-party browsers include Chrome and Opera.

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Casstiel

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Firefox on OS X feels like a browser from the late 2000s... I hope this isn't going to be some poor quality port.
 
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jmh600cbr

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new zealand? weird choice, i live like 2 blocks from their head office in SF
 

AppleFan91

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I'll still stay with Safari:

1) it syncs perfectly with my Mac and iPad as well as handoff features.

2) it's fast. Generally one of, if not the fastest mobile browser on iPhones.

3) I can't change an app default, so if I click a link somewhere it will automatically open in safari anyway.
 

Jessica Lares

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I don't need another browser.
I'll still stay with Safari:

1) it syncs perfectly with my Mac and iPad as well as handoff features.

2) it's fast. Generally one of, if not the fastest mobile browser on iPhones.

3) I can't change an app default, so if I click a link somewhere it will automatically open in safari anyway.
You guys do know that there are millions of iOS users that don't have Macs and would like to be able to sync their bookmarks and other browser data with their devices? :rolleyes:
 

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I'll still stay with Safari:

1) it syncs perfectly with my Mac and iPad as well as handoff features.

2) it's fast. Generally one of, if not the fastest mobile browser on iPhones.

3) I can't change an app default, so if I click a link somewhere it will automatically open in safari anyway.
Exactly the same reasons why I am sticking with Safari. Even if Apple allowed me to change the default, the other two reasons still weigh heavy for me.

You guys do know that there are millions of iOS users that don't have Macs and would like to be able to sync their bookmarks and other browser data with their devices? :rolleyes:
What, are you serious? There are people with iPhones that don't also have an iPad, Mac, appletv and a time capsule? Oh the horror.....

:p
 

JosephAW

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Somebody PLEASE develop a browser that blocks ads opening the App Store or navigating away from the current page your visiting.
We need this NOW, not ios9 or 10. No, ios8 7 and 6.
 
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AppleFan91

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You guys do know that there are millions of iOS users that don't have Macs and would like to be able to sync their bookmarks and other browser data with their devices? :rolleyes:
You do realize I just said "I" in that post, not me and the millions of iOS users right? I just gave reasons for why I will stick with safari. <insert dumb rolls eyes emoji>
 
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Sasparilla

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I look forward to it...the more browsers in the iOS system the better (wish Apple would have let Mozilla use their own engine) - that way if some horrendous security issue pops up in Safari we have another alternative.

If Firefox in iOS loads AdBlock Plus and Ghostery extensions (like Firefox and Safari in OS X) I'll use it constantly as it will drastically reduce the load times for web pages (the advertising / tracking has gotten obnoxious in size on many sites) and greatly reduce the bandwidth used / paid for visiting those sites.
 
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