Google Working on Browser for iOS That Would Break Apple’s App Store Rules
Google’s Chromium developers are working on an experimental web browser for iOS that would break Apple’s browser engine restrictions, The Register reports.
The experimental browser, which is being actively pursued by developers, uses Google’s Blink engine. Yet if Google attempted to release it on the App Store, it would not pass Apple’s App Review process.
Apple’s App Store rules dictate that browser apps on iOS and iPadOS must use its own WebKit browser engine. This means that while browsers like Chrome and Microsoft Edge are built with Chromium on macOS and Windows, their iOS counterparts are forced to use Apple’s WebKit, making them behave similarly to Safari.
Based on the visible code commits, the app purportedly looks like the start of an alternate browser build and is still missing some key features at this early stage. Google claims that the app is merely “an experimental prototype […] with the goal to understand certain aspects of performance on iOS,” and “it will not be available to users and we’ll continue to abide by Apple’s policies.”
Even so, Google’s experimental iOS browser project could be a sign that the company is anticipating changes to Apple’s platform rules that would enable it to release a truly home-grown browser. Apple’s browser engine restriction is the subject of growing antitrust scrutiny, most recently by the Biden administration, which has recommended the passing of new legislation to ban “gatekeeper” companies like Apple from banning alternative browser engines on its platform.
Similar recommendations have been made by antitrust authorities in the United Kingdom, Australia, and Japan. The European Union’s Digital Markets Act is expected to compel Apple to allow third-party app stores and lift its browser engine restrictions as soon as next year. At minimum, the active project means Google would have a considerable head-start on developing a Blink-based browser for iOS if one is able to be distributed in the future.
The Next Big Apple Silicon Device May Not Be a Mac or iPad
Apple’s next device with an Apple silicon chip may not be a Mac or an iPad, but rather an advanced external display, according to recent reports.
The display, which is rumored to arrive this year, is expected to sit somewhere between the $1,599 Studio Display and the $4,999 Pro Display XDR – but more exact information about the device’s positioning and price point is as yet unknown. While …
Five New iOS Features Coming to Your iPhone Later This Year
Apple has previously announced several upcoming iOS features that are expected to be added to the iPhone this year. Some of the features could be introduced with iOS 16.4, which should enter beta testing soon, while others will arrive later in the year.
Below, we have recapped five new iOS features that are expected to launch in 2023, such as an Apple Pay Later financing option for purchases …
Apple Explains Why HomePod Was Released Again, Wi-Fi 4 Limitation, and More
Apple’s VP of hardware engineering Matthew Costello and product marketing employee Alice Chan recently spoke with Men’s Journal and TechCrunch about the new second-generation HomePod in wide-ranging interviews about the smart speaker.
Apple discontinued the original full-size HomePod in March 2021 after multiple reports indicated that sales of the speaker were lackluster, but Chan told Men’s …
Apple Preparing iOS 16.3.1 Update for iPhone as Wait for iOS 16.4 Beta Continues
Apple appears to be preparing an iOS 16.3.1 update for the iPhone, based on evidence of the software in our website’s analytics logs this week. It’s unclear when the update will be released, but it will likely be available at some point in February.
The same logs have accurately foreshadowed the release of several previous updates, including iOS 16.0.3 and iOS 16.1.1 most recently, so they…
Report Highlights Danger of Using AirTags for Tracking Dogs
AirTags may be a convenient way for tracking dogs that might get off leash or otherwise lost, but there are dangers associated with the practice, as outlined by a report from The Wall Street Journal.
At 1.26 inches in diameter, AirTags are able to fit easily on a dog’s collar, but that size also makes the tracking devices small enough to swallow, at least for a medium to large-sized dog, and …
New HomePod Can Still Stain Some Wooden Surfaces
When the original HomePod launched in 2018, it was discovered that the speaker can leave white rings on some wooden surfaces. Now, well-known YouTuber Marques Brownlee has confirmed that the issue persists to a lesser extent with the new HomePod.
In a side-by-side test, he showed that the white second-generation HomePod left a white ring on the wooden surface that he placed the speaker on,…
Apple Launching All-New CarPlay Experience Later This Year With These 5 Features
In June 2022, Apple previewed the next generation of CarPlay, promising deeper integration with vehicle functions like A/C and FM radio, support for multiple displays across the dashboard, personalization options, and more.
Apple says the first vehicles with support for the next-generation CarPlay experience will be announced in late 2023, with committed automakers including Acura, Audi,…
When Will the iOS 16.4 Beta Be Released?
It’s been more than a week since Apple released the iOS 16.3 update, and typically, new iOS betas follow launches within a day or so. We were expecting Apple to provide the first beta iOS 16.4 on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday of this week, but that hasn’t happened.
Tuesdays are the days that we most often see betas, though Monday and Wednesday happen now and then, and most often betas come…