The iOS 9 Content Blocker thread

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  1. thatJohann, Sep 16, 2015
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    thatJohann macrumors 6502a

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    Given the amount of content blockers coming out for iOS 9, I figured having a wiki thread to list them all here and post impressions will be useful for all of us to keep us all informed.

    Note: iOS 9 Content Blockers only work with 64-bit devices. The following iOS 9-capable devices do not support Content Blockers: iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPod Touch 5th generation, iPad 2, iPad "3", iPad "4".

    Here are all the content blockers I'm aware of so far:
    Open Source (For people with 32-bit iPhones and a penchant for DIY)
    • BlockParty (Github, App Store offering to come)
    • Adios (Abandoned, Developer joined Purify)
    Please add more as you discover them to the list and link to their sites or twitter for more info. Also post impressions!

    TIP: In Mobile Safari tap and hold the Reload arrow to get an option to reload the page without Content Blockers.

    Reviews for some of the above-mentioned blockers can be found here.
     
  2. thatJohann, Sep 16, 2015
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    In the last couple of days I've been beta testing 4 different content blockers via Test Flight:

    Freedom, Adamant, Silentium and Blockr

    As of now, my preferred one is Blockr. Specifically because I find it handles the empty white space where ads used to be better. It removes that white space like the banner ad was never there. The other ones usually leave a blank white space where the banner ad was.
     
  3. Richardgm macrumors 6502a

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    I'm patiently waiting on these to be available.
     
  4. Applerx macrumors member

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    I have been testing 1Blocker and Blockr.

    While 1Blocker offers more options, I'll buy and stick with Blockr as it works perfectly for me while 1Blocker breaks some of the sites I visit frequently.
     
  5. FSMBP macrumors 68020

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    I just want to get a blocker that blocks Safari from opening up the App Store. That is the soul reason I stopped visiting BGR.com (well that and it is awful).
     
  6. lemimouth macrumors regular

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    And we'll soon have 500 content blockers in the App Store :p
     
  7. steveing64 macrumors 6502

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    I have been testing Crystal for the last few days and its been superb there are no options but it does what it says you can see the differnce in speed while out and about
     
  8. Dephibio macrumors regular

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    Purify developer claims that his content blocker is faster than Crystal. We'll find out soon enough.

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  9. hasanahmad macrumors 65816

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    I dont see this option to enable content blocking in ios 9.1 is it removed?
     
  10. Hatton920 macrumors regular

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    You need to install one first Before you see the option.
     
  11. hasanahmad macrumors 65816

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    so the option to turn on content blocker only shows up when you install the APP?
     
  12. lemimouth macrumors regular

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    What is the source of this ?
     
  13. lemimouth macrumors regular

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    Serious ? Yes you must install a content blocker before you can enable it
     
  14. Rigby macrumors 601

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    It's amazing how much guerilla markting there is for these adblockers. Seems like the developers are expecting a big bonanza. :)

    People should realize that all of them use the same blocking mechanism, meaning that the actual blocking is performed by Webkit, not the blocker apps. They only provide the filtering rules. The differences will be in the user-configurable customization options and the amount of work the developers put into optimizing the rule sets for Webkit. I bet we'll see a wave of cheap blocker apps that simply take some existing rule set (like Easylist) and translate it to the Apple format, and only a few developers will take the time to create optimized rule sets to make sure they can be executed efficiently by Webkit ...
     
  15. NazgulRR macrumors 6502

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    I've been testing SafariBlocker by Luke Li (http://blog.appgrounds.com/) and Crystal. None of them seem to block Facebook on my iPad Mini 2?
     
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    How do you test Blockr?
     
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  19. dfgddikf macrumors regular

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    Doesn't content blocking require a 64 bit cpu?
     
  20. 0000111, Sep 16, 2015
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    I’m also having this issue on 9.1 PB ... there is no “content blocker” option in my preferences. Am I doing it wrong?

    EDIT:

    yep, you have to download one first, then the setting magically appears in Preferences > Safari > Content Blockers.
     
  21. slenpree macrumors 6502a

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    None of these seem to be on the UK store ... Yet?
     
  22. NazgulRR macrumors 6502

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    Yes. A7 chip is 64-bit.
     
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    Purify just launched in the US App Store.
    Not available here in Germany yet :(
     
  25. lemimouth macrumors regular

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    That's exactly what i'm doing with my own (for personal use only, will never release it on app store) content blocker. I use the script created by snoack (https://github.com/snoack/abp2blocklist/tree/compatible) to convert easylist to json compatible with iOS. How does this compare to an "optimized" list ? I would be interested to see real use performance comparaison
     
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