Apple’s new guidelines within the European Union imply browsers like Firefox can lastly use their very own engines on iOS. Though this will appear to be a welcome change, Mozilla spokesperson Damiano DeMonte tells The Verge it’s “extraordinarily upset” with the best way issues turned out.
“We’re nonetheless reviewing the technical particulars however are extraordinarily upset with Apple’s proposed plan to limit the newly-announced BrowserEngineKit to EU-specific apps,” DeMonte says. “The impact of this might be to pressure an impartial browser like Firefox to construct and preserve two separate browser implementations — a burden Apple themselves is not going to must bear.”
In iOS 17.4, Apple will no longer force browsers within the EU to make use of WebKit, the underlying engine that powers Safari. The change opens the door for different in style engines, equivalent to Blink, which is utilized by Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge, in addition to Gecko, the engine utilized by Firefox. It additionally means third-party browsers might grow to be totally useful on iOS with none of the constraints that come together with WebKit.
Regardless of this, Mozilla argues that rolling out the modifications solely within the EU will make it harder for browsers to juggle completely different variations. “Apple’s proposals fail to present customers viable selections by making it as painful as attainable for others to supply aggressive alternate options to Safari,” DeMonte provides. “That is one other instance of Apple creating obstacles to forestall true browser competitors on iOS.”