Firefox Could Soon Be Making It’s Way Towards iOS

By | December 3, 2014
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Mozilla has been categorically stating that it wouldn’t release a version of Firefox for iOS because Apple won’t let it use its own web engine on its platform. However, this stance seems to be changing with a new CEO on board. At a recent Mozilla event in Portland, the organization talked about the need to get its browser onto iOS.

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“We need to be where our users are,” Firefox release manager Lukas Blakk tweeted. “So we’re going to get Firefox on iOS.”

Apple has always been very restrictive with regard to third-party browser engines on its platform. Current third-party iOS browsers like Chrome or Opera can only operate on iOS because they use Apple’s own JavaScript and rendering engines.

 It’s still unclear how Mozilla plans to bring Firefox to iOS, but given the fact that Apple isn’t likely to open up its platform for third-party browser engines, it’ll likely have to work with Apple’s technology. With that, it can still support Firefox accounts, its bookmark-syncing tools and all the other features that Firefox for Android currently offers.

Next year is going to be an very important one for Firefox — and one that will hopefully bring a bit of a resurgence for the browser. Users today want to use the same browser on all of their devices. That makes keeping bookmarks and passwords in sync quite a bit easier, after all. For a while, Mozilla offered Firefox Home on iOS for exactly this reason, but then it abandoned that project two years ago.

We will keep you posted about the latest updates on this.