Mozilla unveils prototype browser for iPad


Mozilla has announced its plans to rise from the browser graveyard as it prepares for its first shot at unleashing a challenger against Safari on the iPad. Here comes Junior—Mozilla’s solution for your iPad browsing needs.

Junior is an iPad browser that, according to Mozilla, “makes browsing more fun, more ergonomic and re-thinks browser user experience from the ground up.” The prototype was introduced and demonstrated by the folks at the Mozilla Product Design Strategy team in a video presentation.

“We wanted to make something entirely new. We wanted to look into how we could reinvent the browser for a new form factor,” said Alex Limi of the Product Design Strategy team.

So what does Junior look like?

Well, according to an article I read on The Verge,  Junior offers a full-screen interface. It has two basic buttons—a Back arrow and a multifunctional plus sign. Tapping the plus sign opens a page that’s divided into three portions. The topmost portion contains a stream of recent pages. The middle portion contains an icon-heavy list of favorites and bookmarks. At the bottom third of the screen, there will be a search bar and a virtual keyboard. When you input text in the search bar, the middle portion will display the search results.

Mozilla claims that the two main buttons have up to a total of six functions, although these functions haven’t exactly been specified. Other functions included in Junior are Reload, Forward, and Print.

Junior also enables separate user accounts for your private browsing pleasure. By swiping to the left of the main navigation page, the user login page will appear. You tap the icon of your account, and Junior will ask for a login password. That should keep your nosy brothers and sisters away from your bookmarks and browsing history.

Though Mozilla is bent on making an impact on iOS with Junior, it claims that it is still under development in the hands of the Product Design Strategy team. The developers are still deciding on the features, but this prototype sure looks promising.

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