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Apple Allows Third Party Browsers on iPhone, Sorta

Apple opens gate to independent software companies to publish browsers with a significant catch


Apple is finally allowing browsers, like those shown here, on the iPhone. Wondering why you've never heard of any of them? Apple is only allowing third party browsers based on its Safari webkit, which means no Firefox, Opera, or Chrome.

Since the App Store for the iPhone and iPod Touch debuted, it has been a runaway hit selling millions of apps and spawning an entirely new software industry. However, Apple has developed a reputation over the course of last year as a bit of a dictator when it comes to the app store. Apple was quick to shoot down any applications which it found offensive or which it felt might interfere with its own apps. That meant competitive internet browsers or music players were less than welcome at the store.

When it comes to internet browsers, Apple has announced that it will finally be relenting, but only somewhat. Apple is dropping its "duplication of functionality" clause, and as of yesterday has began to approve several "new" browsers that had been gathering dust the last couple months.

The catch -- and it’s a big one -- is that all the browsers it’s approving are based on Apple’s Safari. For those expecting Firefox, Chrome, or Opera, you are in for a disappointment.

Meet Apple's new browsers: there's the "Edge" browser, which is a plainer looking browser without Safari's chrome, there's the privacy inclined "Incognito", there's the vibration-countering "Shaking Web", and there's an enhanced tab browser "WebMate". The apps are all built, though, on Safari's WebKit and are thus Apple-powered.

Read the whole article @ Daily Tech

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