At SWSX this weekend, VP of product at Mozilla, Jay Sullivan, said that there are no plans to bring the Firefox Web browser to iOS unless Apple changes its ways, according to CNET. The issue stems from a limitation Apple puts on developers stating that third party browsers can only use UIWebView, and not the Nitro JavaScript engine Apple uses in its Safari browser for iOS.

The Nitro JavaScript engine gives Safari a significant performance boost over other browsers. Sullivan also noted that there’s no way to make a third-party browser the default on iOS, and that’s something else he’d like to see changed.

Firefox had released an iOS app called Firefox Home that allowed users to sync bookmarks and history with other WebKit browsers, but the company pulled that app from the App Store in September 2012.

Mozilla has no plans to release Firefox for iOS originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 11 Mar 2013 09:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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