We’ve come a long way, baby. Time was when Apple prohibited the development of apps that basically replicate the functionality of its own stock apps, including Mail and Music. Apple has long rescinded that directive, and so we are free to enjoy alternatives like Sparrow and Groove 2. Safari also has its share of web browsing alternatives, no doubt one of the most feature-rich of which is Maven Web Browser+.

The recently released Maven Web Browser+ is actually a relaunch of Maven Web Browser, minus the +. Among the improvements presented by the new version over the old are the availability of AdBlocker via in-app purchase, enhancements and fixes to the various sharing options, customization of tab double tapping gesture, cache clearing, popup window support, and a fix to the conflict brought about by the coexistence of the systemwide pinch-to-zoom gesture and the app-specific two-finger gestures. Beyond these, Maven Web Browser+ retains the significant features that differentiate the Maven label from other similar apps.

Designed for both iPhone and iPad (but still with no Retina iPad support), Maven Web Browser+ maintains the use of a bookmark jog-dial and a desktop-like virtual trackpad. It also has a native password manager as well as a download manager. Private browsing is also supported, as is dual screen for either orientation on the iPad.

For a limited time only, Maven Web Browser+ is available for free $1.99 in the App Store. Download it now and take it for a Web browsing whirl.