AdBlock for iOS - Must Have App for iOS 7 - for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

AdBlock for iOS - Must Have App for iOS 7 - for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.3
out of 3 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
1.7
File Size:
6.13MB
Date Added:
December 23, 2013
Price:
Free; iTunes account required.
Operating Systems:
iOS
Total Downloads:
16,159
Downloads Last Week:
203
Additional Requirements:
Compatible with iPhone 4. iTunes account required.

Editors' Note: You must be 17 years old to download this application. The download button opens the iTunes App Store, where you may continue the download process. You must have iTunes installed with an active iTunes account in order to download and install the software. This download may not be available in some countries.

Editors' review

Apple's built-in browser, Safari, is not very friendly to outside plug-ins or services. For them to work, often a proxy or invasive app is needed that can access your data. It's not an ideal solution. So, AdBlock for iPhone, iPad, and iTouch, produced as a hobby by developer Benjamin Loewe, is a fantastic solution. Designed and implemented as a standalone Web browser, AdBlock promises to stop pop-ups, layer ads, blinking banner ads, and subscription traps from appearing on screen -- an increasingly common problem in the age of smartphone Web browsing. The browser starts up immediately, much like Safari, and because the AdBlock is built in, it works without any additional setup.

During testing, we did not see, experience, or need to remove any ads on screen including on sites that regularly delivered such ads in Safari. So, the ad block component works as advertised. However, because AdBlock is a browser that replaces the use of Safari, it must be rated in those terms as well. To start, Loewe uses as many built-in iOS 6.0 tools as he can, including the share menu and a modified bookmarking button. The Lite version of the app is as bare-bones as any browser, offering no options and no way to open more than one Web page at a time, but for a small fee of $0.99 you can upgrade to the Pro version and access basic options like start-up pages, icon changes, and privacy settings. You can also open as many as eight tabs at a time.

While AdBlock is a very simple browser with far fewer options than either Safari or Chrome, it is fast and it does exactly as it advertises in blocking ads. While a built-in search bar and additional functions like history tracking would be good upgrades to see in the future, the core of what AdBlock does is done very well, making it a must download for anyone tired of stumbling across ad after ad when surfing on their iDevice.

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    3.3

    out of 3 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 1
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    • 1 star: 1
  • Current Version:

    4.0

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  • 4 stars

    "Lite version does what it says"

    June 04, 2014   |   By Bazinbanyo

    Version: AdBlock for iOS - Must Have App for iOS 7 - for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch 1.7

    Pros

    Lives up to claims. Nil adds encountered when comparing to same page viewed via Safari which displayed multiple pop ups / adds.

    Cons

    None that have bothered me thus far.

    Summary

    Can't complain re: lite version, as it is free. Unknown whether paid upgrade is value for money. Probably will try it later.

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  • 5 stars

    "So far so good"

    May 05, 2013   |   By meiko452

    Version: AdBlock for iOS - Must Have App for iOS 6 - for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch 1.6

    Pros

    No ads that I've seen so far.
    Some pages actually load a bit faster and I think its because the ads are not there to bog it down.

    Cons

    It is a separate browser from Safari which means its not native to the OS and I've got to make a whole new list of bookmarks. I wish the iPhone safari allowed add-ons.

    Summary

    I just downloaded the app and its working well.

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  • 1 stars

    "Terrible App"

    April 02, 2013   |   By Yo_Jimbo

    Version: AdBlock for iOS - Must Have App for iOS 6 - for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch 1.5

    Pros

    None - This app does none of what it states.

    Cons

    Doesn't block in app advertising, does nothing of the sort in fact.

    Summary

    Waste of time and money. Totally disingenuous, Should be removed for false advertising.

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