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Source: Mozilla Press

The popular desktop browser, Firefox, will not be coming to iOS in the near future. At SXSW, Jay Sullivan, Mozilla’s vice president of product, said that the company has no plans on releasing an iOS version of Firefox due to Apple’s technical limitations.

The nonprofit Mozilla, which pulled Mozilla Firefox Home from Apple’s App Store in September 2012, is not currently building a version of its Firefox browser for iOS, nor does the company plan to, said Sullivan, speaking on a mobile browser wars panel at South by Southwest Interactive moderated by CNET Senior Reporter Seth Rosenblatt.

The sticking point for Mozilla is not being able to carry over its sophisticated rendering and javascript engines to iOS. Essentially, the organization doesn’t feel like it can build the browser it wants to for Apple’s platform, Sullivan told CNET.

Mozilla’s views on releasing an iOS version of Firefox isn’t anything new. Back in 2010, the company stated that it didn’t want to create an app for iPhone due to the same technical limitations that would prevent the company from creating an acceptable experience.

Apple’s Safari uses the fast Nitro JavaScript engine exclusively  while third-part browsers are restricted to UIWebView, which gives Safari a large performance boost.

Despite the limitations, the App Store has an Opera client as well as an Chrome app which Google released last summer.

(Source: Macrumors)

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