No Firefox for iOS

September 29, 2010 | 09:30

Tags: #fennec #firefox #firefox-home #firefox-mobile #ios

Companies: #apple #the-mozilla-foundation

The Mozilla Foundation has officially confirmed that Firefox Mobile, currently being developed under the codename Fennec, won't be making its way to iOS-based devices.

In a post to Mozilla's mobile blog, the team behind the project confirmed that there would be "no Firefox Browser for the iPhone," claiming that there are "technical and logistical restrictions that make it difficult, if not impossible, to build the full Firefox browser for the iPhone".

Instead, Mozilla will be concentrating its efforts on Firefox Home, the cloud-based add-on for iOS devices, which we previewed back in May.

Offering a list of upcoming features for Firefox Home - including password synchronisation from desktop installations of Firefox, social network integration and better integration with other iOS applications - the team also confirmed that work is being carried out to bring Firefox Home to other platforms that lack a Firefox browser build, including "both Blackberry and Symbian platforms in the coming months".

While Firefox Home offers a partial solution to those wanting to bring their Firefox browsing experience with them when they're out and about, the fact that the Fennec project is now definitely not coming to the iPhone will come as a blow to fans of the browser.

Are you disappointed that Mozilla couldn't find a way to get Fennec working on iOS, or is it likely down to Apple blocking their efforts with overly restrictive App Store rules? Share your thoughts over in the forums.
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