Google Chrome on iOS Will Be a Flop

Options for web browsing isn’t something exactly new. For computers and most smartphones alike, the options for web browsing are abundant. Even for the exclusive App Store for Apple’s iOS devices one can find several options for web browsing including web browsers with Flash Player built in. For the most part these apps work great and are in a certain light, “Successful,” despite Apple making it difficult to choose another web browser completely. However, if the long anticipated Google Chrome does eventually make it to Apple’s iOS App Store, the web browser will be no different than the average app, maybe even worse, here’s two reason’s why:

Google Chrome on iOS.
  1. Although different Web browsers do different tasks and have different features on Desktops, Laptops, and even Tablets. On iOS, the whole OS is so restricted specific and unique features for a web browser are instantly nullified, making Chrome just another face in the crowd browser. Because of this, the highly anticipated Google Chrome would make a big splash initially, but fade extremely quickly, much like good ol’ Google+.
  2. Poking fun at a someone is never right, but in this case it actually is. Think back to Google’s latest iOS apps such as Google+ and Gmail, think long and hard if you can’t recall your experience. If you had a great and positive experience, then you my friend are one lucky person because many of us including myself had one issue after another just attempting to use Google’s iOS apps. These apps were so bad, both were eventually pulled “temporarily” to fix issues because they were so awful. Actually, the crappy apps reminded me of Android…..hahaha jk. In all seriousness, if they can’t even make Gmail work on a consistant basis, what makes you think they could make a web browser on iOS work? Even if Chrome did work, more than likely I would still use the much snappier Safari.
Although it sounds like I’m bashing and hating on Google and Google Chrome. While it looks like it, I really am not, I use Chrome on my MacBook Pro everyday including while I write this post. However, I have serious doubts to the quality and functionality to the potential Chrome app. But if this App does drop, you can find the whole review right here when and if it does drop. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @AppleGuesser and Facebook @Guessing The Apple. Peace Apple Nation!

What Does iOS 5.1.1 Have to do With iOS 6?

Apple today released iOS 5.1.1 (build 9B206, 54.4 MB) for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. According to the release notes iOS 5.1.1 addresses the following:
  • Improves reliability of using HDR option for photos taken using the Lock Screen shortcut
  • Addresses bugs that could prevent the new iPad from switching between 2G and 3G networks
  • Fixes bugs that affected AirPlay video playback in some circumstances
  • Improved reliability for syncing Safari bookmarks and Reading List
  • Fixes an issue where ‘Unable to purchase’ alert could be displayed after successful purchase

Perhaps more importantly, iOS 5.1.1 also contains a number of security fixes according to Apple knowledgebase article HT5278, including Safari vulnerabilities that allow maliciously crafted websites to be able to spoof the address in the location bar, execute cross-site scripting attacks and cause unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution.

With the WWDC just a few short weeks away and the introduction to iOS 6 more than likely, odds are, iOS 5 is just about as mature as the OS is going to be. Here is a list of some features I really hope will be included in the next version of iOS:

  • A better locksceen with weather widgets and other things much similar to Lockinfo in the Cydia app store.
  • A few more notification center widgets like the ability to see the song title, skip a song, and the ability to select repeat and shuffle as well. Just a few more options would be nice.
  • Have the contact pictures next to iMessage and Text Message contacts in the messages app. Maybe a whole update to it.
  • An ability to add up to 16 apps in a folder instead of 12, that would be incredibly helpful to me .
  • Have the weather show the current temperature on the default weather app and show the time on the default clock app (a jailbreak app does this, come on apple, do it too)

In addition convenience fixes, iOS 5.1.1 patches three critical vulnerabilities in Safari that can spoof the address in the location bar, execute arbitrary code and XSS attacks. Beyond just that, some of the suggestions ive made here are not out of the stretch of the imagination. Most of what i want i can find in the jail breaking community, only I’d rather pass on jailbreaking my iPhone. Now if iOS 5 is any indication how serious Apple takes jailbreakers, we will see a heavy influence from the jailbreaking world on iOS 6. Which if Apple does this, then iOS 6 is poised to be amazing just like iOS 5 was and still is.