Opera for iPhone runs 'six times' faster than Safari

Although Apple does not currently accept rival browsers onto the iPhone platform, Opera claims its browser runs 6 times faster than Apple's Safari over 3G networks.

Opera has claimed that its browser for the iPhone runs six times faster than the handset's native Safari browser over 3G.

The company has been demonstrating Opera Mini on a developer iPhone at Mobile World Congress. As Apple does not currently accept rival browsers onto the platform, Opera has not yet submitted theirs to the App Store — but it intends to do so at some point, founder Jon von Tetzchner told ZDNet UK during a demonstration.

"It will be submitted, but we haven't decided when," he said on Tuesday. "We want to tune the product a little bit more. We wouldn't be making it if it wasn't our intention [to submit it]."

Von Tetzchner said Opera Mini runs six times faster than Safari on the iPhone when using 3G networks, and runs at least as many times faster over GPRS.

For more on this story, read Opera for iPhone runs 'six times' faster than Safari on ZDNet UK.

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