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Firefox for iOS gets huge update thanks to help from intern

by Jacob Kleinman | July 28, 2016July 28, 2016 8:00 am PST

Firefox for iOS launched late last year, and now it’s getting a big update with some awesome new features. Version 5.0 of the mobile browser offers better battery life, faster load times, easier navigation and more.

Those first two improvements are both attributed to Tyler Lacroix, a summer intern who developed a new version of Firefox for iOS. The software, which began as a pet project, apparently reduces CPU usage by 40 percent and memory usage by 30 percent. That means websites should load faster while using less battery, though the exact results may vary depending on your device.

Firefox is also rolling out a smart new search/address bar which lets you scan any website as long as it has an internal search function. That could include popular sites like Craiglist, eBay and Wikipedia, along with your favorite news publication. To use this feature, just go to a specific site, tap the search bar and then tap the magnifying glass icon to add it to your list of Firefox search engines.

The updated iOS browser introduces new menu for easy navigation. With a few quick taps you can add a bookmark, search for text on a page or open a new tab. You can also set a Home page and then jump to it from the menu. Finally, Firefox is rolling out a better tabs experience on mobile. If you close a tab by accident you can hit the new “Undo” button and get it back. It’s a small improvement, but it should come in handy.

This sounds like a pretty sweet upgrade. If you already use Firefox for iOS, the app should update automatically. If you’re interested in trying it out for the first time, you can grab the app via the App Store link below.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...