Are you a fan of the Firefox browser? If so, you would probably like to see Firefox become available once again for your iOS devices, but according to a new report, you might have to wait a little bit before the option becomes viable. And Apple is to blame to that, according to Firefox executives.
And if Apple doesn’t want Firefox, Firefox doesn’t want Apple either. Vice president Jay Sullivan was reported saying this week that the fiery Fox will not come jumping from the forest and onto iOS devices until Apple eases up on its browser policies. The company pulled the browser off the Apple App Store back in September 2012.
But what are the policies Sullivan complains about? He explained the problems the company has with Apple regulation at the South of Southwest Interactive Panel which was held this weekend. Currently, Apple does not allow browsers that don’t use WebKit on its devices. Therefore, Firefox is being restricted and can’t be developed in the appropriate manner. And that’s not all, users who wanted to set Firefox as their default browser on their iOS devices were prevented from doing so, because Cupertino doesn’t allow other browsers despite Safari to occupy that position.
Other members of the panel have complained about the issue at the event. Chief Software Architect David Dehgahn drew attention during the conference that Apple is basically inhibiting competition in the mobile browser environment, concluding that users are the ones who suffer in the end. Another presence in the mobile browser ecosystem, Opera, has recently released a WebKit version of Opera aimed at the iOS environment.
However, in an unexpected twist, the moderator overseeing the panel performed a quick poll asking the people in the public if they suffered from the apparent “injustice” of not having more mobile browsers to choose from. The result was quite extraordinary as very few crowd members raised their hands.