Is Firefox available for the iPad?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by davidlw, Jan 4, 2011.

  1. davidlw macrumors 6502a

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    I have to use Firefox on my Mac to be able to place orders with my home office. Is Firefox available for the iPad? Safari wont work with their system.
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    No, but you can try Atomic, iCab or SkyFire as well as a few others
     
  3. davidlw thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks Macdawg, do you know if Firefox will be available in the future?
     
  4. Dragoro macrumors 6502

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    You can make atomic mimic firefox, so that might work for ya.
     
  5. b0blndsy macrumors 6502

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    Chances are very les because of apple's restrictions.
     
  6. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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    There are many 3rd party browsers in the App Store; which restrictions are you referring to?
     
  7. cbronfman macrumors 6502

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    I have it on my iPhone - why not the iPad?

    There is a very good Firefox app (free) for the iPhone which syncs beautifully with my home computer. I can't imagine why there wouldn't be one forthcoming for the iPad.
     
  8. b0blndsy macrumors 6502

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    I mean apple's restriction not to allow firefox browser
     
  9. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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    That's not a restriction against FF per se, its a security measure which applies to a broader range of programs that compile their own code.
     
  10. Stetrain macrumors 68040

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    All of those browsers use the built-in Webkit engine to render pages. Mozilla couldn't release a Firefox app that used Firefox's rendering engine because that would technically be considered executing code from outside sources, which is forbidden.

    The Opera browser renders the pages (and thus executes the code) on Opera's servers and then sends the compressed data to your phone. That's why it was allowed into the app store.
     
  11. davidlw thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Which browser would be most likely to work since Safari won't work for me to place my online orders? Which is most like a web standard whatever that may be?
     
  12. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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    Your store might require a full browser, and has issues with what it sees as mobile browsers. In that case no iPad browser will work. What you can try is jailbreaking and installing "User Agent Faker" which allows your mobile browser to pretend to be any number of full browsers.

    Another option would be to VNC connect to a regular computer from your iPad and place the orders that way.
     
  13. MaxBurn macrumors 65816

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    Both BOLT and Atomic web browser provide user agent faking without a jailbreak.

    OP: there is an app called firefox home that syncs open tabs and bookmarks with your desktop but no full browser.

    Seriously look into Atomic browser, very powerful.
     
  14. Kebabselector macrumors 68030

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    Just downloaded it and wow. Bye bye safari (pity I don't seem to be able to make it the default browser though!)
     
  15. Dragoro macrumors 6502

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    Have to jailbreak to make anything other the safari default.
     
  16. MaxBurn macrumors 65816

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    Love the thing. Try three finger tap for full screen. Import bookmarks from your desktop browser really sold it for me. Even has a decent add block. Tabs that behave like real tabs. Tap and hold a link for the menu to come up and use the option load in background, I use that all the time. Like I said, love this browser.

    Big downside is the IOS limited memory, turn on the low memory warning. Depending on the web pages you can load between six or ten tabs. It warns you several times if you have the warning enabled but if you continue to open more tabs it WILL crash.

    Wow, I will have to search for that, I didn't know you could. Do you maybe have a link showing how to do this handy?
     
  17. Dragoro macrumors 6502

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    I'm too scared to jailbreak so I haven't researched it. Was just told that jail breaking is only to set atomic as default.


    Think the jailbreak program is called Cydia or something like that.
     
  18. JohnDG macrumors member

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    The crashes seem to be with the latest release. I used to be able to open over 10 tabs simultaneously on a consistent basis, now it crashes at around 5-6. I imagine this will be addressed.

    jdg
     
  19. Gymgenius Suspended

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    I stopped using Atomic for exactly this reason. I now use iCab and frequently have at 8 tabs open without issue.
     
  20. wyneken macrumors regular

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    +1 for iCab.

    You can still crash it if you work at it, opening tab after tab in rapid succession. But it seems more resilient than the other browsers I've tried (and I've tried most of them). It also has a really good feature set, including Dropbox integration and the ability to download files directly from the web.
     
  21. MaxBurn macrumors 65816

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    Meh, six tabs is plenty for me and the thing gives you like four or five warnings you have to ignore to crash it. Would be nice if they can bring back the ten tabs plus ability.
     
  22. Ksane macrumors regular

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    Yep, iCab here also. I've got pretty much every one of the iPad browsers and iCab beat them all. It was pretty close between iCab and Mercury but iCab used less as far as resources than Mercury did. Great browser and the ability to download files is something I won't give up.
     
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  25. davidlw thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well I called my Tech support at my company about using the iPad to place orders and was told that our website is written in Java and Flash. Sooooo since "Steve" does not like Flash on the iPad, I wont be able to use the iPad for my work.
     

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