Opera unveils Opera Mini for iPhone

Opera said on Wednesday that it plans to reveal Opera Mini running on the iPhone at an exclusive press and partner preview during the 2010 Mobile World Congress (MWC) next week.

“We are thrilled to offer journalists and partners an exclusive preview of Opera Mini for iPhone during the year’s biggest mobile event,” said Jon von Tetzchner, Co-founder, Opera Software. Tetzchner also adds that Opera will also showcase their latest beta releases of Opera Mobile and Opera Mini on "other platforms and devices". Historically 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".

Opera Mini for iPhone is not publicly available yet and Opera have not confirmed when it might show up in the App Store.

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Ravemaster said,
Wait what? Apple actually approved an alternative browser to Safari?
Has hell frozen over?

Nice try at a clever jibe, but no where in this article does it say that Apple approved it.

Ravemaster said,
Wait what? Apple actually approved an alternative browser to Safari?
Has hell frozen over?

Hahaha thought it was chilly.
Unfortunately as the poster above has said... Apple hasn't approved it yet.

Ravemaster said,
Wait what? Apple actually approved an alternative browser to Safari?
Has hell frozen over?

No, they haven't. Surprisingly many are assuming this will turn out OK in this thread.

I think Opera is doing this to gain press coverage and put pressure on Apple in advance, so they won't just be able to silently say no to it. We'll se how it turns out...

Edited by Northgrove, Feb 10 2010, 1:40pm :

LiquidSolstice said,

Nice try at a clever jibe, but no where in this article does it say that Apple approved it.

While not opera explicitly the article did however state that apple has approved a number of web browsers for the iphone lately. News to me.

Northgrove said,

No, they haven't. Surprisingly many are assuming this will turn out OK in this thread.

I think Opera is doing this to gain press coverage and put pressure on Apple in advance, so they won't just be able to silently say no to it. We'll se how it turns out...

I think that is a good strategy. I hope Apple buckles.

m!ke said,
While not opera explicitly the article did however state that apple has approved a number of web browsers for the iphone lately. News to me.
Safari skins, apparently.

Oops, didn't notice that. But Northgrove has a point, it's probably been announced to draw out Apple's reaction.
Also, m!ke, they're all based upon safari. Not different browser systems.
It will still be a cold day in hell when Apple approves this.

Digitalx said,
looks like uses way too much screen estate with title bar then the address bar plus the function bar. :S

That can be disabled in the settings (Fullscreen mode).

Digitalx said,
looks like uses way too much screen estate with title bar then the address bar plus the function bar. :S

The address bar scrolls out when you scroll down on the page.

Draken said,
The real good news is that there's hope for Firefox now, cause opera sucks anyway

how does it suck? it displays websites, doesn't it? .. what else could u possibly want from a browser that has to fit in such a small screen.

Draken said,
The real good news is that there's hope for Firefox now, cause opera sucks anyway

I had to pleasure to test both FF and Opera on mobile platforms and can easily say Opera kicks the hell out of FF.

Jayzee said,

I had to pleasure to test both FF and Opera on mobile platforms and can easily say Opera kicks the hell out of FF.

Opera Mini is definitely much further along than FF mobile is. That was the best web browser even as far back as my PocketPC 2003.

Benjamin Rubenstein said,
Ummm... Since when does Apple allow 3rd party browsers? I never heard about this. Interesting...

They don't allow 3rd party browsers. That's whats interesting about this. This is one of those few times that I hope the EU regulation supreme commanders step in and tell Apple whats-what. It won't happen in the US.

But wait a minute! Doesn't Apple pre-load their own browser on iPhone and make it the default? How can Opera compete with that without some sort of browser ballot enforced by a European agency????

C_Guy said,
But wait a minute! Doesn't Apple pre-load their own browser on iPhone and make it the default? How can Opera compete with that without some sort of browser ballot enforced by a European agency????

Because Apple is not a monopolist and therefore didn't break the law.

Opera competes just fine when the competitor isn't breaking the law.

dimithrak said,
well good luck getting that approved!

They approved Spotify, and Opera Mini doesn't actually execute any JavaScript or anything on the phone.

rm20010 said,
Interesting. Wouldn't mind an alternate browser for my iTouch.
I wonder if there's any way to set it to be the default but?

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