Opera Mini approved for iPhone OS

Opera Mini approved for iPhone OS

Summary: Apple has approved Opera Mini for distribution in the company's App Store.


After about a 20-day review process, Apple has approved the Opera Mini (free, App Store) Web browser for distribution in the company's App Store. Opera Mini is a potential challenger to Apple's pre-installed Safari and touts its speed and compression abilities:

Users of the app will notice an uptake in speed, especially on slower networks such as the 2G Edge network. Surfing the Web with the Opera Mini App on iPhone and iPod touch will also help users save money because of its data compression capabilities.

The tabs and bookmark implementations seem a little more logical than Safari's but I haven't yet fully tested Opera Mini's speed. Other features include sync, password storage, speed dial (one click favorites) and long-click menus that execute tasks.

ZDNet's Matt Miller admits that he was way off when he wrote that he doubted we would ever see Opera Mini approved by Apple for the iPhone. As for me, I'm glad that Apple allowed a competing Web browser into its store because competition ultimately benefits the consumer.

Have you used Opera?

Update: Mercury was the first third-party iPhone OS Web browser and there are now a handful in the App Store. Tip @cosmos503

Topics: Smartphones, Hardware, iPhone, Mobility, Operating Systems, Software

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  • but, but ...

    it is a wallet garden and apple would never allow another
    browser in their app store! (let alone more than ten as they
    have now). oops. what happened to the naysayers and
    haters? where are they now?
    • Astonished to be honest.

      But well done Apple. Didn't see this one coming.
      Sleeper Service
    • Opera Mini is NOT a true browser...

      Rather, it it a proxy app. All of the web pages
      are pulled through and rendered on Opera's
      servers before being simply displayed in Opera
      Mini. Since this is pretty much how all
      connected apps function, there is no real cause
      to reject Opera Mini.

      Opera Mobile IS a true web browser, but that is
      not what was approved.

      Sorry folks, but Apple did not approve a new
      browser for the iPhone. But all of the
      "bloggers" looking for headlines wouldn't want
      to spoil page views with facts, now would they?
  • RE: Opera Mini approved for iPhone OS

    Keeping a tight grip on an ecosystem doesn't necessarily
    mean killing any competition. It simply means if you're going
    to compete, be good enough to do so. M$ could take a
    lesson there.