John Gruber on Firefox finally being available on iOS.
That it took them until 2014 to bend to practicality — iOS has been growing in popularity worldwide ever since it debuted, and Apple was never going to allow them to use their own rendering engine in an iOS app — epitomizes everything wrong with Mozilla as an organization. I’m all for idealism, but Mozilla has been idealistic to a fault. (Exhibit A: their stance against H.264 video.)
So what made Mozilla change their minds? Mozilla VP Jonathan Nightingale tweeted:
We need to be where our users are so we're going to get Firefox on iOS #mozlandia
— Lukas Blakk (@lsblakk) December 2, 2014
Safari has been shipped with iOS since the first iPhone and Chrome has been iOS since June 2012. Firefox is very late to the party. Even lesser known third party browsers have been out for some time. Dolphin Browser, one of the more popular third party browser, has been out since 2011.