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No iPhone Firefox, Apple makes it too hard

No iPhone-fox?

The team over at Wired have posted a very interesting article with Mozilla’s CEO, John Lilly about a number of topics.  One of the topics that came up was iPhone and the easy somebody like Mozilla would have developing for it:

Wired: Are you going to develop a version of Firefox for the iPhone?

Lilly: No. Apple makes it too hard. They say it’s because of technical issues — they don’t want outsiders to disrupt the user experience. That’s a business argument masquerading as a technological argument. We’re focusing on more important stuff. The iPhone has been influential, but there’s not that many of them. We’re part of the LiMo Foundation — Linux on Mobile. The Razr V2 is a LiMo phone, and you’ll see more in the next year or so.

I do understand Apple’s need to “control the experience” with the iPhone, and hey… who knows, this could really open some doors for other phones and mobile devices.  Also Apple isn’t going to want to take away from Safari which for me as a Windows user has not been much than bundle-ware with iTunes. 

Check out the full interview with Lilly:  The Mozilla CEO on His Firefox Strategy, His Google Gambit, and Working With Apple