If you use an iOS mobile device, you aren’t restricted to using the Safari browser – Apple allows you to use any one of several alternatives – Chrome, Opera, Photon, Dolphin and so on. Hoping for an improved performance, many iPhone, iPad and iPod users enthusiastically try these out and report that one or the other performs much better than Safari, too. They would be very disappointed if they knew the truth about iOS browsers – they simply can’t be better than Safari. Apple’s developer policies restrict them to using inferior software. Meanwhile Safari gets the latest and greatest. This is the reason why browser makers consider withdrawing from the iOS platform. Firefox has done it.
The first problem: all browsers need to employ the Safari rendering engine
A browser’s performance is determined in large part by the rendering engine that it comes with. On desktop computers, the creators of browsers are free to design their own engines. For this reason, you do see meaningful differences in the way different browsers perform.
Apple tries to hobble other browsers further
The only way that other browser makers can keep up with Safari is to create special browsers that run on jailbroken Apple devices. Unfortunately, since most Apple users don’t jailbreak their devices, they wouldn’t be able to use those browsers.
Apple hobbles third-party browsers in other ways, too
You can never choose anything other than Safari to be your default browser : There is no way in iOS that you can pick a default browser. It is always has to be Safari. Even if you choose to use another browser at all times, clicking on the links in an application or email will always still open Safari.
You can’t have add-ons or extensions on other browsers : Apple doesn’t allow third-party browsers to offer add-ons. Whether you want to install an extension to download videos with or remember passwords, you’re out of luck. It isn’t this way in Android. Depending on the browser, you can have add-ons or not. Firefox, for instance, has plenty of add-ons. Chrome doesn’t allow them.
On iOS, then, nothing beats Safari
You may want Chrome on your iPhone because it gives you access to all your bookmarks. You may want Opera for its user interface. If you choose another browser, though, you will need to put up with less speed. This kind of restrictive competition makes iOS less full and flexible than it could otherwise be. Now that you are armed with this knowledge, you should be able to make more informed choices.