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Shocker: Apple Approves Opera Mini App for iPhone

By - Source: Tom's Hardware UK | B 8 comments

Well, this is a nice surprise.

Those of you with iPhones will know that Apple sometimes rejects useful applications because they perform (or out perform) a similar feature or application offered by Apple on the iPhone. When Opera submitted the Opera Mini iPhone application, the company recognized the fact that Apple had yet to let a third party browser on the iPhone with a timer. Today, Apple approved the application and right now, it's available for download via the App Store.

So what's different about Opera Mini and how does it compare to Safari? Opera says that due to server-side rendering, Opera Mini compresses data by up to 90 percent before sending it to the phone, resulting in rapid page loading with less data transferred. This is something the folks with capped data plans, especially when roaming, will appreciate. It also means if you're on EDGE or your 3G is really weak, then you'll get a better browsing experience with Opera Mini.

Screenshots of the app running on an iPhone 2G below.

Check out the video below for a demonstration of how much faster Opera Mini is compared to Safari when the user is on a 2G EDGE connection.

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    Silmarunya , 13 April 2010 22:08
    Just downloaded it, and it absolutely blows away Safari in every possible way. I've always been a big fan of Opera on my desktop (although I recently changed to Chrome, really sorry 'bout that, Opera), and it's mobile version is just as brilliant.
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    jamie_macdonald , 13 April 2010 22:15
    Nice to see another browser on the i-phone (not that i own one), hopefully they will do skyfire or a flash supportive (fully supportive not flashlite) browser too.

    I don't own any apple gear (used have an ipod 4th gen) but have many friends that will love to use this!.
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    nictron , 13 April 2010 22:21
    I added the approval ticker to my daily reading list and got it early this morning.

    It is very fast compared to Safari and I am very happy that Apple approved the app :) 
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    LePhuronn , 13 April 2010 23:03
    Makes sense for Apple to approve the app - if a lot of potential customers didn't get an iPhone because data is expensive, having this optimised browser that will reduce costs will sway those people back.

    Quids in for Apple.
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    Clintonio , 14 April 2010 01:13
    I use Opera Mobile on my Nokia E71 (used to use Mini) and I can say, no other browser matches. It's my desktop browser too.
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    chronicbint , 14 April 2010 02:58
    Its very fast and rather nice but seems to have some issues with clicking small links. Also you cant zoom very far. Overall its pretty positive though.
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    goxon , 14 April 2010 07:54
    opera rules:) 
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    surecommer , 6 July 2011 15:20
    OPERA is all the browser is the best!!!!! I personally think!!!!!