Opera Mini for iPhone and iPod touch approved

Opera Mini for the iPhone and iPod touch has been approved by Apple, and will be available on the AppStore within 24 hours, depending on the market.

When Opera submitted their browser to Apple for approval on March 23, many users where doubtful that they would ever see another browser allowed on the AppStore.  However, the light seems to shine on Opera today, as Opera has officially announced Opera Mini has been approved.

The lightweight browser will allow for better multi-tasking over Safari, including better data and tab handling.  However, the browser won’t support pinch to zoom functionality just yet, according to the New York Times, but will be supported later in the year.

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I can't believe this made it. I didn't bother reading all the other posts above because I don't have much time right now so sorry if I'm repeating something.

I'll never touch Safari again. I'm not a fan of Opera but this browser is just better in everyway. Just my 2 cents lol

I've been using this on my Nokia £65 for about 2 years now and love it. The image quality is adjustable, instant back/forward is a dream, and as for the rendering: works just fine for me. Columns of text are rendered to fit my screen size making it so much faster to read stuff. I'd imagine it's slow on the iPhone (what isn't) but on a non-crippled phone like an Android it'd be great.

I'm using it on iPhone OS 4. I realize that's a beta (duh I'm a dev).. but the software is laggy (probably only on iPhone os 4), and it's disgusting and horrible to use. This is the first app I wished that I didn't download. It's disgusting, why Apple approved it as a first version is beyond me.

dagrimdialer619 said,
I'm using it on iPhone OS 4. I realize that's a beta (duh I'm a dev).. but the software is laggy (probably only on iPhone os 4), and it's disgusting and horrible to use. This is the first app I wished that I didn't download. It's disgusting, why Apple approved it as a first version is beyond me.

Near enough no users are on 4.0.. your just in the future of course its not gonna be great on 4.0 it was developed for that..

Does anyone know how to set Opera as default to open links??

Edited by witalit, Apr 13 2010, 12:36pm :

witalit said,

Does anyone know how to set Opera as default to open links??

I was wondering that too....hopefully Apple will allow us to set Opera as the default browser....

I would really like to see it wrap the text to fit with the zoom, something I've seen on an Android device, not sure what browser though. I have a very poor 3G signal, and no wifi at work, so mainly have a GPRS connection so this makes me slightly happier

Just trying it out on my touch and typical opera isnt displaying things properly, news paged is screwed but the forums are ok. (mobile neowin btw) also anyelse noticed that when you turn your devive landscape opera doesnt fill the space. Think i will stick wih safari for now.

Wow. I'm impressed with the speed Opera Mini delivers on the iPhone.
It would be great if you could use the bookmarks from Safari, so they keep in sync over MobileMe.

Kosh said,
Wow. I'm impressed with the speed Opera Mini delivers on the iPhone.
It would be great if you could use the bookmarks from Safari, so they keep in sync over MobileMe.

I was also supprised at work i only get 2g and it is MUCH faster than Safari

Unthinkably snappy, although not consistent with all sites.
Unfortunately, it isn't very polished. If they keep updating this to make the rest of it on-par with Safari, definitely becoming an amazing alternative to Safari.

Also, unfortunately, you can't set it as the default browser or anything, so you can't really open links from other apps in the app.

So, sticking with Safari for now, but I see a good future.

Despite some of the negative feedback here, I think Opera Mini is a welcomed alternative on the iPhone platform. I find it loads some heavy duty sights way better than Safari, although Safari is still better at Facebook, CNN, Gmail etc. I'm going to alternate between the two depending on my needs.

Extra points for working well on my antiquated iPod touch 1g with 2.2.1 firmware!

Windows7even said,
hope they update the ui for the ipad soon

If they were to release it for the iPad, they might as well go for a desktop-like browser such as Opera Mobile (or a completely new product). Problem is the code interpretation bit that Apple forbids.

Im using Opera on iPhone as of now & sadly its STRICTLY AVERAGE at best . The Fonts are not smooth like other iPhone applications , many websites dont render correctly & dont fit properly within the screen, upon zooming the text looks skewed & did i mention that the picture quality is just AWFUL .

The user interface of the software is very un-mac like. Why the bloody hell would i like to look at Gmail Mobile in Opera instead of Gmail for iPhone in Safari.


My Rating : 4/10

Got my hands on it, pretty decent for the sites I frequent when I am trying to fall asleep. Feels faster than Safari too, so I'll definitely keep playing with it.

Isn't there like privacy issues if they render pages on thei own servers?

Makes me reluctant to login into certain sites on Opera Mini.

Rob2687 said,
Isn't there like privacy issues if they render pages on thei own servers?

Makes me reluctant to login into certain sites on Opera Mini.


The whole point of HTTPS is lost by this since it can't establish a direct secure connection between your browser and the server.

Ok. Neowin or Opera needs to update. Because it looks terrible. Actually im on iphone now and i couldnt login due design bugs

For normal Web usage, Opera mini does the work, but don't forget that for things like PayPal and online banking, where you need end-to-end encryption, you can't use Opera mini.

I installed it, can't say I'm overly impressed, it's not gonna make me change from Safari on the iPhone. But choice isn't a bad thing. (unless it's legally forced upon you.)

Recon415 said,
Their mobile software isn't half bad. I'll be using this.

I just really do not like the company's attitude.

You think MS has a better attitude than Opera??? Think again.

I couldnt find it in the app store
But in safari i just went to the opera mini website, went to the mobile browser section then clicked Now Available for iPhone then it opened up in the app store and i installed it

bobbit said,
Chrome's turn!

Why? We got Chrome already... well webkit, they are both based on the same rendering engine. If you jailbreak, you can download the Chrome skin. Opera is something entirely different. This is actually server based interruption of code, but it is still using the Presto engine to the best of my knowledge.

I wonder if its going to be UK and Australian only, perhaps theres some legal reasons why its not on the north america app store.

oh well, I suppose it will be on cydia soon for everyone.

Gabe3 said,
I wonder if its going to be UK and Australian only, perhaps theres some legal reasons why its not on the north america app store.

oh well, I suppose it will be on cydia soon for everyone.

it's probably being released from East to West, North America will have it in a couple hours, if you can't wait, download Installous via Cydia and look in there. I've got it, but will grab it from itunes later so my download is counted

timster said,
it's probably being released from East to West, North America will have it in a couple hours, if you can't wait, download Installous via Cydia and look in there. I've got it, but will grab it from itunes later so my download is counted

got it. yeah hopefully it comes to the US store, so getting updates for it is easy.

SkyyPunk said,
The one browser market Opera should stick to! Impressive

Quite. It seems to be what they do best at the moment.

I think this day would never come, but here it is, Opera approved by apple, and will be available in a few hours. Seems they couldn't find the cat´s 5th leg.

I'll be downloading it in the morning hopefully. Now they just need to work on an iPad version. I love Opera on my Mac. I use almost as much as I use Safari. Is probably a 60/40 split.

first impressions, its ok...
the pinch to zoom is a sorely missed feature but i think the double-tap to zoom works better than in safari. Can't notice a huge speed difference, but there looks to be more customization and features in general...
Nothing ground breaking but a few welcome impovements....

Speed differences won't be noticeable on WiFi... the slower your cell signal however the bigger the improvement! On 3G you'll start to definitely notice it, on normal G there'll be a big difference

Jase said,
its so fast! i am in heaven.

Yup really really fast Loved Opera Mini back when I had a K850i but wow on my iPhone

Jase said,
its so fast! i am in heaven.

Yeah it looks great. Especially not reloading pages when you go back to them - that's an annoying feature of safari.

Opera Mini for the iPhone doesn't break any of the App Store rules (there's no in-browser JS engine or anything), and Apple has let other browsers on their store in the past. Just a matter of time really

Well the fact is if opera was told no, the EU would have been called into action once again. May as well allow it, and then when nobody uses it Opera can find a new way to complain.

crashguy said,
Well the fact is if opera was told no, the EU would have been called into action once again. May as well allow it, and then when nobody uses it Opera can find a new way to complain.

Have you even used Opera Mini on a mobile device before?

Also; the screenshots look a lot like Opera Mobile (on WM) rather than mini... perhaps they'll be merging them soon?

Fred 69 said,

Have you even used Opera Mini on a mobile device before?

Also; the screenshots look a lot like Opera Mobile (on WM) rather than mini... perhaps they'll be merging them soon?

Actually... all mobile/mini versions of Opera share the same user interface now Mini on Windows Mobile has the same UI... I think the normal java mini may have too, but I haven't used that in quite some time now

Edited by ~Johnny, Apr 13 2010, 1:58am :

Fred 69 said,

Have you even used Opera Mini on a mobile device before?

Also; the screenshots look a lot like Opera Mobile (on WM) rather than mini... perhaps they'll be merging them soon?

What is the difference between Mobile and Mini for WM?

Tech Star said,

What is the difference between Mobile and Mini for WM?

Mobile renders just like a normal browser, i.e. everything is parsed and rendered on the phone. Mini parses, renders and compresses the pages on their servers, and then passes the compressed result onto the phone,, resulting in faster rendering and less bandwidth being used, in exchange for a loss in image fidelity and a lack of dynamic content (i.e. sparse javascript/ajax support)

Mobile also includes a turbo mode which you can turn on, but all that does is compress the images, not the entire page as a whole as Mini does (though, to be fair, most bandwidth usage does come from images)

Edited by ~Johnny, Apr 13 2010, 1:26am :

Tech Star said,
What is the difference between Mobile and Mini for WM?

Unless you meant UI wise... in which case... basically nothing!! As it happens, Mini for WM didn't even exist until a couple of months ago, and even then it just borrowed the existing interface directly from the then current Opera Mobile 10 beta

And off topic.... why does neowin not let you edit your posts >_<

crashguy said,
Well the fact is if opera was told no, the EU would have been called into action once again. May as well allow it, and then when nobody uses it Opera can find a new way to complain.

Their mobile browser holds something like 25-30% of the mobile market...

crashguy said,
Well the fact is if opera was told no, the EU would have been called into action once again. May as well allow it, and then when nobody uses it Opera can find a new way to complain.

as soon as i read the title of this, i looked it up on my iPhone, holy crap, this far superior to safari, and i can tell that from just 5 mins of use. I'm sticking with opera mini.

Changing to android later in teh year myself, and perhaps would even use it on there

~Johnny said,

Mobile renders just like a normal browser, i.e. everything is parsed and rendered on the phone. Mini parses, renders and compresses the pages on their servers, and then passes the compressed result onto the phone,, resulting in faster rendering and less bandwidth being used, in exchange for a loss in image fidelity and a lack of dynamic content (i.e. sparse javascript/ajax support)

Mobile also includes a turbo mode which you can turn on, but all that does is compress the images, not the entire page as a whole as Mini does (though, to be fair, most bandwidth usage does come from images)

Yeah, personally I prefer Mobile... It would be nice if that were made available honestly...

Draje said,
Wow, this is really surprising considering how Apple has been handling their control over their mobile OS.

It is surprising. Cause Opera leaves safari in the dust!!!!!!!!!!!! BLEW ME AWAY to . and i was on edge!..

http://img534.imageshack.us/img534/4929/img1359.png

I usually am not an Opera fan. This sure has me changing my mind!

Edited by dimithrak, Apr 13 2010, 7:40pm :

Wow, just wow. I didn't expect this at all, especially considering how strict Apple is about apps that "duplicate built-in functionality". Maybe they were trying to avoid legal trouble? If so that's really unfair to smaller developers who failed to get their apps approved for the same reason.

amon91 said,
Wow, just wow. I didn't expect this at all, especially considering how strict Apple is about apps that "duplicate built-in functionality". Maybe they were trying to avoid legal trouble? If so that's really unfair to smaller developers who failed to get their apps approved for the same reason.
Ever since Opera announced that they were developing Opera for the iPhone, I just assumed that it was because they had decided to try to get Apple in trouble with the EU, which I would have been all for. This whole thing seemed like Opera daring Apple to deny them approval for the App Store.

UHYVE said,
Ever since Opera announced that they were developing Opera for the iPhone, I just assumed that it was because they had decided to try to get Apple in trouble with the EU, which I would have been all for. This whole thing seemed like Opera daring Apple to deny them approval for the App Store.

That would explain how buggy it is They didnt expect it to be accepted

UHYVE said,
Ever since Opera announced that they were developing Opera for the iPhone, I just assumed that it was because they had decided to try to get Apple in trouble with the EU, which I would have been all for. This whole thing seemed like Opera daring Apple to deny them approval for the App Store.

Opera just wants a fair chance to compete with the "big boys". Must admire them for what they achieved in this hard business.

Edited by Borix, Apr 13 2010, 1:36pm :