iCab Mobile 8.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 002)iCab Mobile 8.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)

Remember iCab Mobile, an excellent browser by German developer Alexander Clauss? It was one of the first third-party web browsers to grace the App Store back in 2010 and continues to be packed with advanced features you won’t find in other iPhone browsers.

I’m talking about stuff like Dropbox integration, the ability to upload and download files, sync settings via iCloud, great implementation of tabbed browsing, full screen mode and configurable multi-touch gestures, to name a few.

Alexander has just announced eighth major iteration of iCab Mobile, now available for $1.99 in the App Store for the iPhone and iPad. Here’s what’s new and why you should care…

Perhaps the biggest new addition to iCab’s arsenal of features: multi-user support. This allows you to create different user profiles on your iPad for other members of your family, so each can surf the web and customize the browser to their liking while keeping their browsing history private.

Account types can be Admin and Standard and users can quickly switch between them in the app’s settings, as depicted below.

iCab Mobile 8.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 003)iCab Mobile 8.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 004)

iCab Mobile 8.0 also brings out support for QR codes.

You can now scan QR codes on products directly, using a built-in QR code scanner, so you don’t need to use a separate bar code scanning app anymore. This feature taps Apple’s APIs that were introduced in iOS 7 so you won’t be able to scan QR codes if you’re on earlier iOS versions.

In addition to the QR code scanner, iCab Mobile 8.0 can also create QR codes for bookmarks, links and other items, directly within the app. You can then share images of these codes on the web for others to scan and be automatically forwarded to the underlying URL.

Alexander says he’s optimized and “almost completely rewritten” the app for iOS 7 and it shows, from the flattened user interface to support for specific iOS 7 technologies like background fetching of files from the web, even if the app isn’t active.

iCab Mobile 8.0 is now 64-bit on A7 devices and has extensive support for external Bluetooth keyboards (requires iOS 7.0), with a bunch of handy keyboard shortcuts to access commonly used commands like go back/forward, switch tabs, open bookmarks, scrolling, change settings and much more).

You can buy iCab Mobile 8.0 for $1.99 in the App Store.

iCab is also available for the Mac.

  • “You can download iCab Mobile 8.0 free in the App Store” For free? Where? It’s 1.99!

  • Lurker22

    Really great browser but i found it’s gotten a bit slowly a buggy so hope this release is improved now. It’s kind of the swiss army knife of iOS browsers as it’s basically got EVERYTHING.

  • Dan

    Don’t see why I’d pay for a browser when there are several good free options.

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      Your paying for the huge amount of features you get. Basically like another commenter said “It’s basically the swiss army knife of iOS browsers”. Most free browsers don’t come close to its featureset. Not even Google Chrome has half of the fratures of iCab…

      • Damian

        Google chrome offers nothing special. It should not even be mentioned.

        The other great browser is Mercury Pro

    • art hackett

      Talk about cheap. Do you work for nothing?
      You generally get what you pay for.

      • Dan

        For MY needs, it’s not worth it, what can I say. I pay for what I use.

      • art hackett

        Fair enough, sorry about the snitty remark. I’ve read too many spammy droid comments. ICab is my browser of choice and wish it was the default one. Mobile safari is so basic, although the os7 version is a bit more useful. Mercury is pretty good too.

  • notewar

    I still prefer ‘Dolphin Browser’…and its free too

  • M T McGuire

    I may be having desperate finger trouble but all the links you’ve given take me to a blank white box. Whether it’s permanent or temporary I don’t know but as do 18th April, 2014, iCab mobile would appear to be unavailable free or paid in the App Store. I’m in Texas right now and my computer is in London, which is why I need it, so I’ll check when I get home o see I’d it’s just the States where I can’t purchase it

    Cheers

    MTM