Shocker: Apple Approves Opera Mini App for iPhone

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
    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.
  • jamie_macdonald
    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!.
  • nictron
    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 :)