Firefox for iPhone and iPad Launches on App Store

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Following a soft launch and months of testing, Mozilla has released Firefox for iOS on the App Store for free. The WebKit-based web browser for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch features a Firefox-like design, Intelligent Search, Firefox Accounts, Visual Tabs, Private Browsing mode on iOS 9 or later and more.

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The web browser's features are best suited for users that also use Firefox on Mac or PC:

  • Intelligent Search: Suggested search results and list of search options, including Google, Bing, Yahoo, DuckDuckGo, Twitter, Amazon and WordPress

  • Firefox Accounts: Firefox browser history, passwords and open tabs synced between Firefox on the desktop and your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

  • Visual Tabs: A card-based grid of intuitive visual and numbered tabs easily let you find content for future reference

  • Private Browsing: Firefox won’t remember any of your history or cookies, but new bookmarks will be saved

Mozilla Firefox was once a leading desktop web browser for PCs and Macs, but it has lost significant market share since Google launched its own Chrome web browser in late 2008. Firefox is now the fourth most popular desktop browser in many countries, trailing behind Chrome, Internet Explorer and Safari.

Mozilla was initially opposed to releasing Firefox on iOS because of Apple's policy that requires third-party browsers to use its own WebKit framework and JavaScript engine, but the company eventually reversed course and announced plans to release an iOS app in December 2014.

Firefox for iOS is free on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and requires iOS 8.2 or later. The app is written in Swift 2.0 and open source on GitHub.

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62 months ago

Except Safari on Mac sucks, so why would I use it on iOS when using Firefox carries over all my info from the desktop version?

Oh, you must be mistaken. Safari doesn't suck on OS X, Firefox is the one that does.
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62 months ago
...just use Safari?
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62 months ago

Except Safari on Mac sucks, so why would I use it on iOS when using Firefox carries over all my info from the desktop version?

I don't know what you drink but I want none of that. On Apple's products there are no web browsers that come close to Safari in terms of performance. And please, there's a reason why people have been dropping Firefox consistently.
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62 months ago

Oh, you must be mistaken. Safari doesn't suck on OS X, Firefox is the one that does.

nah - if someone even thinks of the word 'Chrome' most nearby macs will fire up and raise the room temp by 10 degrees in seconds flat.
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62 months ago

One of the most ridiculous posts ever? Tell you what I need a word processor, instead of buying M$ Office, I’ll just use text Edit.
Instead of a………How about people like choice?

It appears that you’re drinking the high proof version of what he is.

True people should have choices. However it should be informed and well-grounded choices not based on false statements such as "Safari sucks".

And not all choices are good choices. Firefox sucks in terms of performance. It's a fact. And FYI I'm drinking fruit juice.
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62 months ago
This just in: The best web browser is your favourite one.
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