The latest cutting-edge nightly build of Firefox 18 finally features support for Apple’s high-resolution Retina screen on the MacBook Pro. Firefox 18 is scheduled to arrive in Mozilla’s Aurora release channel in about a week. After that, it will make its way through the beta channel and finally become the stable version around the second week of January 2013.
Clearly, the Firefox team is taking its time with Retina support. Google’s Chrome, which set the trend for rapid-release schedules among browser developers, already introduced Retina support at the end of July, just about a month and a half after the feature made its first appearance in the Google Chrome Canary channel (Google’s equivalent to Firefox’s nightly releases).
If you have a Retina MacBook and want to give this a try, the latest nightly builds are available for download here. This is obviously pre-release software and could go up in flames any time, but for the most part, these builds are actually more stable than the name implies.
Firefox is a Web browser created Mozilla Corporation. Since its release in 2002 (as Phoenix 0.1, later named as Firebird then Firefox as of 0.8 to present), the browser has become one of the most popular Web browsers in the market, trailing only Microsoft’s Internet Explorer as of July 2009.