> Does Apple permit iPhone users to set a browser other than Safari as the defaultbrowser?
> iPhone users cannot set another browser as the default browser. Safari is one of the apps that Apple believes defines the core user experience on iOS, with industry-leading security and privacy features.
Now Apple just gets away with the same thing, but even worse (because they don't even allow other competing browsers on their iOS platform at all).
It's kind of puzzling to me.
Chrome and Firefox don't really prioritize efficiency anyway, but they're particularly bad in that category under macOS, and that would transfer to iOS versions as well. That's a problem for Apple, because users aren't going to attribute their phone getting hot and draining batteries quickly to their choice of browser, they're going to attribute it to the phone.
If Apple were to allow third-party web engines, they'd likely have to institute an approval process that includes rigorous testing of energy usage, resource consumption, etc and reject engines that don't meet the bar.
iOS 14: Here’s an early look at how you’ll be able to change default apps https://9to5mac.com/2020/07/21/ios-14-heres-an-early-look-at...
One of the new and most awaited features of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 is the option to change the default browser and email apps. Users will have to wait until developers update their apps to be compatible with iOS 14 in order to set them as default apps. However, 9to5Mac was able to try this new feature to see how it works.
> iOS 14: Here’s an early look at how you’ll be able to change default apps
I'm not sure you're talking about the same thing. IIRC, Apple forbids other browser engines, but allows alternative browser apps that use the Safari engine.
For instance: Firefox for iOS exists (https://apps.apple.com/us/app/firefox-private-safe-browser/i...), but it's basically just an integration of Safari with Firefox services:
"However, the real issue here is not just the bug itself and how easy or complex it is to exploit it, but how Apple handled the bug report."