Hell freezes over: Apple allows third party browsers on iPhone

Summary:Yesterday Apple began approving third party Web browsers for distribution via the iTunes App Store reports MacRumors. Previously to this sudden about-face iPhone Web browsers wanting to compete with Mobile Safari, Apple's bundled and pre-docked Web browser, were considered off limits because they "duplicated functionality" already on the iPhone.

Yesterday Apple began approving third party Web browsers for distribution via the iTunes App Store reports MacRumors. Previously to this sudden about-face iPhone Web browsers wanting to compete with Mobile Safari, Apple's bundled and pre-docked Web browser, were considered off limits because they "duplicated functionality" already on the iPhone.

Some of the new browsers available in the App Store include:

- Edge Browser (Free) - No loss of screen real estate to the address or navigation bars. - Incognito ($1.99) - Now you can browse without leaving a history of any kind. - WebMate:Tabbed Browser ($0.99) - Web Mate simplifies browsing by queuing up all the links you click on, then allowing you to view them one by one when you're ready. - Shaking Web ($1.99) - adds a sophisticated algorithm to compensate for small hand shaking to allow for easier reading.

MacRumors notes that this is the second major shift in Apple's approval policy for iPhone software. The first was last month's admittance of flatulence applications (i.e. Pull My Finger and iFart Mobile) that were previously denied entry due to “limited utility.”

Now that the backlog of Web browsers is starting to appear where are the two heavyweights, Opera and Firefox? What's next? Microsoft Office for iPhone? Amazon MP3? Don't hold your breath.

What app do you really wish Apple would allow into the App Store?

Topics: iPhone, Apple, Browser, Mobility

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Jason D. O'Grady developed an affinity for Apple computers after using the original Lisa, and this affinity turned into a bona-fide obsession when he got the original 128 KB Macintosh in 1984. He started writing one of the first Web sites about Apple (O'Grady's PowerPage) in 1995 and is considered to be one of the fathers of blogging.... Full Bio

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