Mozilla Working on 'Junior' Web Browser for iPad

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Back in mid-2010, Mozilla released Firefox Home, an iOS app designed to sync users' Firefox histories, bookmarks, and open tabs from their desktops to their iOS devices. Several months later, Mozilla acknowledged that it had no plans to bring a full-fledged Firefox browser to iOS, due in part to "technical and logistical restrictions" that would make it difficult to create an acceptable user experience on the platform.


    While Mozilla apparently still has no desire to try to replicate Firefox on iOS, The Verge reports that Mozilla has been working on a stripped-down browser known as "Junior" that is intended to simplify and improve the browsing experience on iOS.
    Junior offers a full-screen experience for users that forgoes tabs and relies on a pair of navigation buttons at the side of the screen to access the browser's functions. Navigation is accomplished through a separate page showing recently-visited pages, bookmarks, and a unified address/search bar. Junior also supports the creation of multiple user accounts, recognizing that the iPad is frequently shared among members of a household.

    Mozilla still has a fair amount of work to do on Junior, and thus it will likely not be making a public appearance for some time, but it could add another notable browsing name for iOS users to consider as Google has also been reported to be bringing Chrome to iOS.

    Update: A Mozilla spokesperson has contacted MacRumors to clarify that Junior is still in the experimental stage and may never see a public release.
    Article Link: Mozilla Working on 'Junior' Web Browser for iPad
  2. barredfreak macrumors 6502

    Jan 9, 2012
    Do whatever you want, Mozilla. Just don't call it Junior.
  3. Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    until Apple allows users to change their default web browser on iOS, no other browser will ever pick up steam.

    AND this is something that if Apple doesn't allow soon, I could see becoming a legal issue over the next couple years.

    See: Microsoft & IE in the 90's
  4. JimmyTheKnife macrumors member


    Mar 1, 2010
    Oregon, USA
    Too little, too late

    It would take one heck of a browser to have me give up the Atomic Web Browser. I've tried quite a few and it's the best.
  5. AustinIllini macrumors demi-god


    Oct 20, 2011
    Austin, USA
    Exactly. No browser serves any real purpose on iOS. Maybe one of the few things I miss on Android, but not really that much. After all, my droid would never have gotten Chrome for Android.
  6. ProwlingTiger macrumors 65816


    Jan 15, 2008
    Ditto, though it does have its days.

    Anymore, I'm switching from Mozilla on my other systems. They're just doing some things that make me go...WHY?! A separate page for navigation? Oh boy. I have full screen on Atomic and I keep my navigation in the usual area. It's there for a reason.
  7. blackcrayon macrumors 68000

    Mar 10, 2003
    I disagree (though i may be biased :), I think third party browsers at a lot of functionality on iOS. You can do things with browsers like Atomic and iCab that you just can't with Safari (changing user agent, "plug-in" like javascript functions, seeing page source, downloading, uploading, lowering the brightness further from the lowest setting (great when in total darkness)).

    They surely aren't as convenient as Safari or as fast, but they do offer some nice extras that Safari is missing. I expect Google will eventually make some variant of Chrome for iOS - it probably doesn't matter much if the web engine is UIWebview, as it would still let people sync their Chrome data between device and desktop. IMO the "chrome" outside of the rendering window is at least as important in making a useful browser.
  8. 1080p macrumors 68020


    Mar 17, 2010
    Planet Earth
    Aren't all web browsers for iOS just a wrapper for Safari? What's the point of that?
  9. mono1980 macrumors 6502

    Feb 15, 2005
    Lansing, MI
    Really? Safari is too complex? I really don't see how it could be any simpler without it losing vital functionality.
  10. theelysium macrumors 6502a


    Nov 18, 2008

    This guy is rude and unprofessional. He is also a very crappy speaker... I won't ever use this browser because of him.


    Junior is also what they call their *"Firemen"!

    *South Park Reference
  11. smellalot macrumors 6502

    Dec 6, 2011
    I'd love a browser that syncs my bookmarks with chrome, which I use on my Mac.
    I even tried switching to safari on the Mac, but it lacks some really important features.
  12. AppleScruff1 macrumors G3


    Feb 10, 2011
    But it's Apple, not Microsoft so it will be ok.
  13. Joe-Diver macrumors 6502


    Aug 2, 2009
    As much as I'd like to know more, I just can't watch that presentation...the guy's speaking and presentation skills are simply so poor, I can't take it. I'm forced to sit through these at work....not doing it here.
  14. Thunderhawks macrumors 68040

    Feb 17, 2009
    Between Safari and Atomic = Atomic wins.

    Between Atomic and Proton for the ipad = Proton wins

    PROTON has flash capability (easy to invoke) and allows to watch streaming video sites that still use flash.

    Easy to use too.

    Safari is actually the last of my surfing choices on an ios.

    While Firefox will be free I 'd consider it a wasted effort.
  15. theelysium macrumors 6502a


    Nov 18, 2008
    Like what? I've used Safari for 6 years now and it has more features then all the browsers out there... maybe you don't know how to do what you want to?

    Not being rude just saying... most computer issues or complaints are a lack of user knowledge.
  16. Mundty macrumors member

    May 7, 2012
    Mozilla makes an excellent browser that's been a staple of mine for a long time. However, I wish these guys would lay off the weed and get a speaker up there whose brain isn't completely fried.

    For being one of the largest browser companies in the world, these guys have no presentation skill at all, nor do they even seem enthusiastic about their product. Their browser plugins are second to none, but as of lately it feels like they been slacking regarding features and innovation.
  17. John.B macrumors 601


    Jan 15, 2008
    Holocene Epoch
    Ad blocking?
  18. Joe-Diver macrumors 6502


    Aug 2, 2009
    Aint that a fact.....several times I've bitched about something on here, only to be told how to do it....:eek:
  19. bondjw07, Jun 18, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2012

    bondjw07 macrumors member

    Oct 10, 2003
    I totally agree. I can't believe that they even released this video for PR reason. I even heard him drop the F bomb, really strange to put that on the face of Mozilla.
  20. atomicbloke macrumors member

    Oct 10, 2011
    This will be much superior to Safari and Apple will take it off the App Store since they are afraid of legitimate competition and continue to force their customers to use inferior products.
  21. aziatiklover macrumors 68030


    Jul 12, 2011
    Location: and
    So they finally woke up! Sounds like how Mark said about ipad wasnt mobile enough for facebook to have an app! :rolleyes:
  22. Dobbs2 macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2008
    Click2flash is what I use.
  23. smellalot macrumors 6502

    Dec 6, 2011
    Ok, let's hope you're right. Show me an easy way to get the CMD+1,2,...,9 feature (switching between open tabs.)
    I also missed Adblock, but IIRC that's available now.
  24. Renzatic Suspended


    Aug 3, 2011
    Gramps, what the hell am I paying you for?
    We named the dog Firefox! call this archaeology?
  25. reden macrumors 6502

    Aug 30, 2006
    Cool browser, but what a painful presentation to watch man.

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