Because no one would use a battery draining Gopher browser anyway?
September 22nd, 2020
Then why don’t the app store rules ban battery-draining apps instead of specifically banning web browsers?
Are you honestly saying that browsers are the only kind of apps that can be bad for battery life? (and therefore it’s reasonable to ban them …but not other apps) adactio.com/notes/17435
No, I’m saying the Web is vital and deserves special attention.
How does limiting web access to one browser give the web special attention other than in a negative sense? Can you honestly not conceive that a browser other than Safari could be better for performance and features? adactio.com/notes/17436
No, because different companies have different priorities. The iPad Safari performance is a result of careful engineering on all levels of hardware and software – and yes, politics. Judging by the “competition”, it can not be replicated. We all know where Google’s priorities are.
I would love it if the app store rules banned any browser that performed worse than Safari. But they don’t. They ban any browser, full stop. adactio.com/notes/17438
Which browser performs better than Safari?
Are you angry at Apple that they allow Google’s web browser to be installed on their macOS devices? If not, why not? adactio.com/notes/17439
Many reasons, some of them historical – they can’t suddenly turn the platform around, unlike the iPad which was conceived this way.
You’re asking me to name a browser that literally can’t exist because it’s not allowed to exist. How can a browser for iOS perform better or worse than Safari if no other browsers are allowed on iOS? adactio.com/notes/17440
But you’d prefer it Apple users weren’t able to install their browser of choice on their Apple computers? adactio.com/notes/17441
No, because I need Chrome for testing. Again, historical reasons. Almost no one develops on iPad and the need there is negligible.
It’s very unlikely that such browser is possible, but it could be, let’s ask Federighi
We’ll never if it’s possible if it’s never allowed. Safari is the fastest browser on iOS. Safari is also the slowest browser on iOS. (Safari is the only browser on iOS.) adactio.com/notes/17442