Firefox for iPhone and iPad Launches on App Store

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Nov 12, 2015.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Following a soft launch and months of testing, Mozilla has released Firefox for iOS on the App Store for free. The WebKit-based web browser for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch features a Firefox-like design, Intelligent Search, Firefox Accounts, Visual Tabs, Private Browsing mode on iOS 9 or later and more.


    The web browser's features are best suited for users that also use Firefox on Mac or PC:
    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 open tabs synced between Firefox on the desktop and your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch
    Visual Tabs: A card-based grid of intuitive visual and numbered tabs easily let you find content for future reference
    Private Browsing: Firefox won't remember any of your history or cookies, but new bookmarks will be saved
    Mozilla Firefox was once a leading desktop web browser for PCs and Macs, but it has lost significant market share since Google launched its own Chrome web browser in late 2008. Firefox is now the fourth most popular desktop browser in many countries, trailing behind Chrome, Internet Explorer and Safari.

    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 eventually reversed course and announced plans to release an iOS app in December 2014.

    Firefox for iOS is free on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and requires iOS 8.2 or later. The app is written in Swift 2.0 and open source on GitHub.

    Article Link: Firefox for iPhone and iPad Launches on App Store
  2. Dilster3k macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2014
  3. BeSweeet macrumors 68000


    Apr 2, 2009
    San Antonio, TX
    Not sure who on their design team thought it was a good idea to put important buttons at the very top of the screen, such as the options button and new tab button. Went back to Safari very quickly, as much as I'd like proper password and bookmark syncing.
  4. OneMike macrumors 603


    Oct 19, 2005
    So far looks good. Glad to see them finally get into mobile. Maybe they can finally bounce back.
  5. JosephAW macrumors 68020


    May 14, 2012
    Working fine with iOS 8. Hopefully they will support iOS 8 for a while as Apple has already dropped support and updates for iOS 8.
    Unable to update to iOS 9 because of lack of support on OS X desktops newer than Windows XP.
  6. JosephAW macrumors 68020


    May 14, 2012
    Now we need Mozilla plug in support for ad blocking.
  7. Sleaka J macrumors regular

    Sleaka J

    Mar 5, 2015
    I don't see anything "Firefox-like" about it.

    Regardless, I won't use it as my primary browser (Safari with content blockers), would only use it as a secondary browser, but it doesn't support split-view.
  8. Mackinjosh Suspended

    Aug 21, 2014
    Except Safari on Mac sucks, so why would I use it on iOS when using Firefox carries over all my info from the desktop version?
  9. b.inazawa-fan macrumors member

    Apr 2, 2013
    Oh, you must be mistaken. Safari doesn't suck on OS X, Firefox is the one that does.
  10. rsbacon macrumors member


    Oct 29, 2015
    No adblocking, no bookmark suggestions. Pass for now, although I use the OS X version everyday
  11. teslo macrumors 6502a


    Jun 9, 2014
    nah - if someone even thinks of the word 'Chrome' most nearby macs will fire up and raise the room temp by 10 degrees in seconds flat.
  12. appledefenceforce macrumors 6502


    Oct 5, 2015
    I don't know what you drink but I want none of that. On Apple's products there are no web browsers that come close to Safari in terms of performance. And please, there's a reason why people have been dropping Firefox consistently.
  13. H2SO4 macrumors 601

    Nov 4, 2008
    One of the most ridiculous posts ever? Tell you what I need a word processor, instead of buying M$ Office, I’ll just use text Edit.
    Instead of a………How about people like choice?

    It appears that you’re drinking the high proof version of what he is.
  14. appledefenceforce macrumors 6502


    Oct 5, 2015
    True people should have choices. However it should be informed and well-grounded choices not based on false statements such as "Safari sucks".

    And not all choices are good choices. Firefox sucks in terms of performance. It's a fact. And FYI I'm drinking fruit juice.
  15. skinned66 macrumors 65816


    Feb 11, 2011
    Ottawa, Canada
    I've had it for a while now. Still not ready for prime time.

    Features it needs:
    • Bookmark syncing (it does do tabs and sessions)
    • Activities/extensions - this is the primary reason it can't be my daily driver yet. Specifically: 1Password
    • AdBlocker functionality would be a nice to have.

    Otherwise I like it and look forward to future updates. Hopefully I can have one go to browser everywhere again someday.
  16. Pakaku macrumors 68020


    Aug 29, 2009
    This just in: The best web browser is your favourite one.
  17. Sasparilla macrumors 65816

    Jul 6, 2012
    I use Safari and Firefox on OS X. Not sure what to think of Safari with a Firefox skin on iOS.

    I wish Apple would relent and allow other browser engines on iOS now that it has such a strong marketshare position for mobile - from a security standpoint, having a browser engine mono-culture for something that covers this big a part of the marketplace (not a concern 5 years ago) isn't a good thing. When some inevitable critical Safari browser engine security issue pops up its good to be able to switch to something else till its fixed.
  18. macmanwa macrumors newbie


    Jan 14, 2008
    New York, NY
    Or not... Safari beat Chrome and Firefox on the Sunspider and Kraken JavaScript benchmarks. The only one it didn't win was Octane 2.0 which Chrome won. Firefox didn't beat them on any of those common speed/performance benchmarks.
  19. 2457282 Suspended

    Dec 6, 2012
    Unless Apple allows me to change the default browser in iOS, there is no point in any browser app. I am okay with Safari, but for all those that prefer firefox or chrome (why?), Apple should allow users to download and install them as defaults so that it integrates with mail, and other apps.
  20. MarcBook macrumors 6502a


    Jul 13, 2008
    United Kingdom
    Just FYI, this release includes bookmark syncing via Firefox accounts.
  21. Jesse1414 macrumors newbie

    Nov 10, 2015
    Too bad it doesn't.
  22. tranceking26 macrumors regular


    Apr 16, 2013
    There is a loyal fan base for firefox (maybe not that big any more) so plenty of people will use this.

    For me, I'll stick to safari and adblocking.
  23. Carlanga macrumors 604


    Nov 5, 2009
    What? lmao. Are you sure you own a mac?
    I like safari, its not the best but works better than others.
    Chrome is the most universal and my secondary browser for anything that doesn't work in safari.
  24. Carlanga macrumors 604


    Nov 5, 2009
    What? lmao. Are you sure you own a mac?
    I like safari, its not the best but works better than others.
    Chrome is the most universal and my secondary browser for anything that doesn't work in safari.
  25. AdonisSMU macrumors 604

    Oct 23, 2010
    Choice for choices sake meh.... In iOS it's all Safari under the hood.

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