My thoughts on the Apple walled garden after spending a couple of years in the iOS ecosystem.

@kev Do note that you were NOT allowed to choose Firefox; you chose a skin over Apple's Safari engine. When web tech moves forward, you wait to see if/when you can have it.

@vandys I don’t understand the point you’re trying to make about Firefox? Is this the default browser thing?

On tech moving forward - you’re missing the point. It’s about a person’s needs, not having the latest an “greatest”. If Android does x and iOS can’t do it, so what? As long as it meets my needs, I couldn’t care less.


@kev @vandys I'm pretty sure alternative web engines are banned on iOS, so even the firefox app just uses the same web engine as safari under the hood.

@kev @alphazino I ran into it when we had a project fail due to a lack of WebRTC under iOS. We had Android/MacOS/Windows/Linux covered, but would've had to fund an iOS developer too.

@alphazino is right, app developers can only use WebKit to render web pages. Everything else is just a skin around it. iOS 14 now allows you to chose the default app for web browsing. Before that you could use them but every link from any other app would still end up opening Safari. Now it opens your default app.

@kev @vandys

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