Mozilla's VP of product Jay Sullivan confirmed at the South by Southwest conference in Austin that the developer does not intend to make its browser available for iPad or iPhone anytime soon, something he put down to Apple’s tough restrictions when it comes to third-party browsers.
CNET reports that Sullivan, who was speaking on a mobile browsers panel (along with executives from Opera and Dolphin Browser), said that the non-profit Mozilla is not currently building a version of Firefox for iOS, and has no plans to do so in the future either.
Apple and Microsoft have both been criticized for failing to provide browser choice over the years, with the latter fined $733 million just last week by the European Union Commission for failing to give users a choice of browsers to install.
And while Mozilla has made noises before about making a new browser for Apple's iPad, it is by no means reliant on Apple when it comes to mobile operation systems.
Firefox is already available on Android and Windows 8 devices, while Mozilla has even developed its own mobile operating system for emerging markets. Furthermore, the group has tackled nascent demand for HTML5 apps with the Mozilla App Marketplace.