Mozilla plans to release a minor update for the stable version of the organization’s Firefox web browser that brings the version to 68.0.1 on July 18, 2019. Note that there will also be a Firefox ESR update to 68.01 ESR.
Firefox 68.0.1 is a bug fix release for the most part but it does introduce new functionality for Firefox on Mac systems specifically. Mozilla released Firefox 68.0 on July 9, 2019.
Mozilla started to sign Firefox releases for Apple’s Mac OS X operating system using the Apple notary service to ensure that Firefox runs properly on Mac OS X 10.15 Beta releases.
Firefox 68.0.1 features four additional changes that apply to all desktop versions of the web browser:
- Firefox users who watch HBO GO content may have noticed that the full screen button was not displayed anymore after the upgrade to version 68.0 of the browser. The new release fixes this; it restores the full screen button so that videos may be watched in full screen mode on HBO GO again.
- Mozilla noticed that Firefox in some locales would sometimes display incorrect messages if sites requested permission to the Storage Access API. The default message “Will you give ‘string’ access to track your browsing activity on ‘string'” was not be displayed correctly for affected locales. The new Firefox releases fixes the issue.
- A bug in Firefox 68 may have changed the default search engine for users in Russia without any user interaction.
- Search engines that are included in Firefox by default did not work properly for some locales. Mozilla notes in the bug report that some search engines were using the wrong encoding after the switch to WebExtensions.
Please note that these are preliminary release notes. It is certainly possible that additional issues get fixed in the final Firefox 68.0.1 release or that some issues won’t be fixed if last minute bugs are discovered.
The official release notes are not up yet; you can check them here once Firefox 68.0.1 has been released to find out if there have been any last minute changes not mentioned in this article.
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