Calling Safari for iPad “a miserable experience,” Mozilla’s Alex Limi showed a prototype of a new browser for the iPad called “Junior” during a recent presentation. Junior takes a different approach from traditional browsers by ridding an address and search bar on the main screen and going with a full-screen experience instead. Do not worry, though. Key features are still available by clicking a plus button on the right side of the page to get access to recently visited pages, bookmarks, and a URL/search bar.
It is not a bad concept when you think about it, because one of the iPad’s best use cases is consuming content. I think a full-screen experience would really allow more content-consuming. As you would expect, Mozilla will not be able to use its own engine, but it will rather have to follow Apple’s rules and base the browser on Web-kit. Perhaps the greatest feature Junior encompasses is its multiple user accounts, which is great since more than one person usually uses iPads.
It will be interesting to see what the final product of the browser will look like and if the full-screen experience will actually work out. We do not expect it to ship anytime soon, because the company still looks to have a lot of work ahead of them.
WordPress VIP will not allow us to embed certain types of videos (troublesome I know), but you can check out the full presentation of Junior on Mozilla’s website to see it in action. We will have to wait and see if Mozilla gets it out ahead of Google’s Chrome, which is rumored to come to the iPad soon.
What do you think: Will a full-screen browser work well on an iPad?