Since I published the Chrome version, the most common request I’ve received from Kitten Block users is a version for iOS. But given that Safari on iPhone and iPad devices doesn’t support desktop-style add-ons, this has never been possible – until now.
With iOS 9, and subject to some limitations, noted below, Apple has made it possible to install content blockers into iOS for the first time. And so I’m pleased to announce that Kitten Block for iOS is available now.
Just a few things to note, though:
1) iOS supports content blockers on 64-bit devices running iOS9 only. That means anything from an iPhone 5S up can run them, but 5, 5C and 4S devices can’t. Apple imposes this limitation, not me – sorry.
2) iOS content blockers can only block, or add CSS – so it’s not possible to redirect users to kitten photos as we do on other platforms.
3) All previous versions of Kitten Block have been free, but this one costs 79p/99c. This isn’t because I’m hoping to make money from it, but to cover the cost of publishing – Apple charges £80/year for a developer license. In the possibly unlikely event that I make back that cost, all profits will go to CalAid, with the financials posted online for transparency.
With all that said, I hope you find the new blocker useful, and that your iOS device is now Daily Mail free. Because, well, I think we’re all going to need it in the coming days.