WiBlaze is a speedy Web browser for iOS that uses the iDevice's hardware to its max potential.
Some people are tired of Mobile Safari. I admit, it is a great Web browser, in fact it's the world's fastest mobile Web browser
on the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4S. How about for those single core processors, though? WiBlaze comes packed with hardware acceleration that takes full advantage of the A4 and A5 chips and every aspect of the iOS device lineup. The developer, revblaze (Jay Bush) even took into account the iPhone 4S with its dual core processor and HSPA+ (4G) speeds. While the iPhone 4S doesn't have a jailbreak yet, WiBlaze is ready for the iPhone 4S's hardware as revblaze has coded in the necessary functionality to work with it. For now, we can enjoy this fast browser on the iPhone 4, iPod touch, and (soon coming to iPad).
There are two versions of WiBlaze. One is a Lite version which lacks a few features, and the other is called WiBlaze 2 which has all of the features. The browsers are built with neat looking interfaces which feel less cluttered. Additionally, they feature a unibar similar to Google Chrome. Upon launching either application, you will be welcomed warmly by a loading screen. The loading screens are below; the one on the left is WiBlaze 2, the one on the right is WiBlaze Lite:
After you are past the loading screen, you are welcomed by the Web browser itself. WiBlaze 2, being the more premium of the two Web browsers obviously has more buttons as it has more features than WiBlaze Lite. Below are the screenshots of the two Web browsers; the one on the left is WiBlaze 2, the one on the right is WiBlaze Lite:
From the image above you can see the minimalist design which is illuminated with the use of the unibar for searching and entering URL's as well as the simple back and forward buttons. WiBlaze 2 has more options, for example bookmarking Web pages, adding pages, and refreshing the page. WiBlaze 2 hasn't been officially released for iOS 5 yet, but WiBlaze Lite is up and running for iOS 5. We expect that WiBlaze 2 will be fully compatible with iOS 5 in the near future, although myself, I haven't had any problems running WiBlaze 2 on my iOS 5.0 iPod touch 4G.
I talked with Justin Bush via email about WiBlaze and also to learn more about him:
Anthony: Could you tell us a little about yourself?
Jay: A little about me: My name is Jay Bush and I started coding for the iOS platform about 3 years ago. About 2 years ago, I built the first official version of WiBlaze for a school project. I ended up releasing it to ModMyi for fun and I got more downloads then I ever anticipated. To this date, the original WiBlaze has over 150,000 downloads and that sudden, unexpected publicity of my app is what has encouraged me to continue coding.
Anthony: What made you think to create WiBlaze as an alternative to Mobile Safari?
Jay: Mobile Safari has always been a troubling method of browsing the web for me, especially when on the go. I'm a long-time user of the iPhone 3G and for all of those users who use an iPhone 3G/3GS, they are familiar with the slow speeds that these devices have to offer. Now, Mobile Safari for the lower generation iPhone and iPod touch models are not slow because of bad internet connection, but due to Mobile Safari having so many features (and so many things going on in the background of the app) it causes lag and uniquely slow speeds which leads to an unsatisfied user. I will address this problem more in the second and third question. Anyways, back the question, the main reason I built the mobile browsing alternative is because I wanted to make a web browser that's more responsive and quick when using low-capability devices.
Anthony: What are some of the benefits of using WiBlaze over Mobile Safari?
Jay: Let's start with the main reason I built this app.. speed. WiBlaze Lite and WiBlaze 2 were designed specifically for people who want to access the internet quicker, in any situation. It's basically a simple web browser with small, yet needed features. Now, saying that, we don't want our users thinking that this app is only for people who want to access the web in a quick manner. We may not have all of the fancy features of the Mobile Safari application, but that's kinda the point. Big bulky apps like Mobile Safari tend to run slower and reduce the performance that's expected of the app. From some of the feedback I've been getting, people want something that runs smoothly and can keep up with the pace of the user, and that's what I've been trying to deliver to them.
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copies of WiBlaze 2 to the lucky readers of Modmyi.
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