Want A Different Browser On iOS? Ask Your Mom.

Sep 25, 2012 • 9:07 am | comments (2) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Other Google Topics

mature labelDid you know that if you want to use any other web browser on iOS, i.e. your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, you must be 17 years or older? Otherwise, you are stuck with Apple's Safari browser.

Take a look at the warnings on Chrome for iOS and Opera for iOS and you will see a warning that says the app may contain "Frequent/Intense Mature/Suggestive Themes," and thus "you must be at least 17 years old to download this app."

Thomas Baekdal said on Google+ that this is "anti-competitive behavior" and Apple should be hit with "an antitrust lawsuit" over this. Well, the truth is through these apps you can get to very explicit content, so I guess the label makes sense? But does Safari need or come with the same label? Nope.

Chrome iOS Warning

What do you think? Anti-competitive or just the rules?

Forum discussion at Google+.

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Liam Fisher

09/25/2012 01:17 pm

Of course it's anti-competitive. Those tactics are why Apple has such a captive market; they do everything they can to keep their users locked into their software, since people who already use your software are the most likely to keep using your products. Not to mention that Apple will take any chance to give the big middle finger to Google.

Steven Lockey

09/27/2012 03:52 pm

If one browser is age limited then they should all be. There is no difference. The only way this was legit would be if Safari came with a 'safe search' filter you had to turn off the same way.

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