The web browser options for the iPad are pretty broad, with many familiar names from the mobile phone or desktop arena, such as Opera and Dolphin, along with the default app Safari by Apple itself.
Now Mozilla, the developer of Firefox, is getting in on the act with an iPad browser, but it won’t be called Firefox. Instead, its prototype is called Junior. Despite the diminutive sounding name, Mozilla has big plans for it.
Unveiled in a Product Design Strategy presentation on June 14, Junior has been in development for several months. According to The Verge, Mozilla’s Alex Limi said, “We wanted to make something entirely new. We wanted to look into how we could reinvent the browser for a new form factor.”
Limi described Safari on the iPad as “a miserable experience” and explained that “There are a lot of reasons we should be on iOS even though we can’t bring our rendering engine there.”
According to the video presentation, the Junior browser is full-screen and strips the address bar and tabs away. Instead there are two buttons about a third of the way up the side. A plus symbol brings up a screen containing recent pages, bookmark icons and a combined search/URL entering area.
The other main interface button brings up other controls, such as reload, forward and print.
A major feature will be the ability to create separate user accounts (as well as private browsing), so if you share your iPad you won’t see the ‘wrong’ Amazon wishlist, or worse…
There is no word yet on when Junior will arrive on the iPad, as it’s still a work in progress but, looking over its shoulder, Mozilla is aware that Google is also likely to bring its massively popular Chrome browser to iOS in the near future.
The only big downside among all this promised extra choice is that (without jailbreaking) you can’t make anything other than Safari the default iPad browser, so weblinks in emails, etc always open in the stock app instead of something else.
Via The Verge