Years of holding out from launching an iOS version of its Firefox browser have ended for Mozilla. The non-profit organization with strong principles of an open web officially debuted Firefox for iOS in the iTunes App Store.
We knew this was coming though: In September of 2014, Firefox arrived on iOS in a limited preview form.
Why did Mozilla hold back from bringing Firefox to iOS for so long?
It also didn't help that iOS has never -- and still doesn't -- allow users to set a different default browser on their devices.
Apple has relaxed on some of those rules over time; enough so that Mozilla decided that Firefox on iOS would be worth the effort.
Even so, it has given in to a point: Firefox for iOS doesn't use Mozilla's Gecko rendering engine; it uses WebKit, notes Ars Technica.
The browser focuses on user control of data, privacy and speed.
Back in the day, Firefox was my go-to browser for these and other reasons. And if you're using Firefox on the desktop today, it might make sense to give the mobile version a spin on your iPhone or iPad: You'll gain the benefit of Firefox Sync for bookmarks and browsing history.