I know Safari is the default Web browser on the current iPad / iPhone / iPod.

But was there a non-Safari official Apple made Web browser for these platforms in the past?

If so what are they and when they were used (so I can test my site with these browsers)?

  • Best way to test Apple devices on your website is to buy one ;) Apr 22, 2013 at 18:59

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No. Mobile Safari is the only browser that has ever been offered by Apple for iOS.

There are third-party browsers, but even those are required to use the core iOS WebKit rendering engine. The differences they provide are primarily UI-oriented, or things like a "private browsing" mode.

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    I do believe that Opera Mini uses it's own engine.And I would assume now that Google has forked Webkit, they will try to do the same. Wether they will be successful, I don't know. Apr 22, 2013 at 19:56

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