Mozilla may bring Firefox to iOS after all.
The free software community discussed the possibility of porting its popular desktop Web browser to Apple’s mobile operating system at an internal event in Portland today. As reported by TechCrunch:
“We need to be where our users are,” Firefox release manager Lukas Blakk wrote on Twitter today (quoting Mozilla’s VP for Firefox Jonathan Nightingale, we think). “So we’re going to get Firefox on iOS.”
Firefox for mobile has been available since its release for the Nokia Maemo operating system in 2010. It’s also been offered on Android since 2011.
But Firefox is yet to be fired up on iOS.
The holdout is rooted in Apple’s policy restricting third-party Web browser developers from using their own rendering engines, thereby crippling Mozilla as it tries to “build the browser it wants to for Apple’s platform.”
In 2012, Mozilla demoed an iPad version of Firefox codenamed Junior. But the app was never released.
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