I don’t know about you, but work is killing me. There’s just no doubt about it. I gotta get out more. I’m so focused on work and gadgets that every time I turn around I bump into an app that I think is oh so cool and then find out it’s has been around awhile, or I find an app that I thought had died many years ago, and, yet, here it is alive and seemingly well in the 21st century.
So it is with this browser app that once had plenty of Mac users, a browser that I thought had gone to that great browser graveyard in the sky to be with Mosaic and Netscape. Instead, not only is this ancient browser still around, there’s a mobile version, too. Who knew?
iCab, Therefore, iAm
I’ll be the first on Mac360 to point out that we Mac users live in the Golden Age of Browsers. They’re all good, but there just are not as many as in years past. When Apple launched Safari, Microsoft dumped Internet Explorer for Mac. My first Mac browser was Mosaic from back in the day, circa late 1994 when the public internet began to become, you know; a thing.
I’ve gone through every Mac browser you can think of, including the various Netscape versions, AOL’s lame attempt to remain relevant, then OmniWeb, all the Opera browsers, and yes, iCab. It’s the browser for Mac that looks like a browser, works like a browser, but has a price tag of sorts (shareware).
Yes, iCab. It’s iCab that I thought had gone the way of browsing history, but, no, it lives. It’s Alive! It’s Alive!
iCab is chock full of features to justify the price tag and the effort of learning how to use a browser that is more mashup of Safari, Chrome, and Firefox than anything new.
Not only is iCab still around, still under development, and still showing up in the Mac360 server logs (I had to look just to make sure), there’s a mobile version. Yes, there’s iCab available for iPhone and iPad.
The mobile version features tabs, a download manager, and iCloud support to share bookmarks and settings with iCab on other devices. There’s a fullscreen mode which removes the toolbars so you can see more of the site you visit.
As is often the case these days, when you get an app for iPhone there might be a companion app for Apple Watch. Yes, friends and neighbors, you can browser the inter webs using your Watch. Don’t ask why. That’s not important. In the end, iCab is just a browser. So the question I ask is probably the same as many of you who were once iCab for Mac fans. Why?
I suspect it’s a labor of love, but there’s an option to show some of your own love by registering iCab for a fee and get a few more features. In the Golden Age of Mac Browsers, iCab remains but a footnote, but, importantly, it remains.