Norwegian software company Opera said on Tuesday that it has submitted Opera Mini to Apple's App Store for the iPhone.
Opera announced the availability of Opera Mini for iPhone at the 2010 Mobile World Congress (MWC) last month. It remains to be seen whether or not Apple will approve the application but Opera has previously stated the App is 100% compliant with Apple's App Store policies. Hstorically Apple has always rejected applications that have duplicated the original functionality on the iPhone. However, the Californian based company has approved a number of web browsers for the iPhone recently. Mercury Web Browser is available in the App Store free of charge as is described as "the best replacement for Safari".
Apple famously rejected Google's Voice application last year. The move prompted an FCC investigation into the matter. Shortly after the FCC investigation, Google's CEO Eric Schmidt resigned from Apple's Board of Directors.
Opera Mini for iPhone includes unlimited tabbed browsing and the ability to search the content of a Web page. Unfortunately Mini for iPhone does not include pinch to zoom functionality. According to The New York Times, this will be added in an update later this year.