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News Posted: Tue, Mar 23 2010 4:39 PM
If you own an iPhone or pay the slightest bit of attention to Apple, you know there's an app for that. There's an app for this. There's an app for pretty much anything you could ever want to do, unless you're browsing the web. If you're doing that on a non-jailbroken phone, you're doing it on Mobile Safari, Apple's official (and only) iPhone browser.

The thing is, Mobile Safari isn't all that great. To be fair, it's apparently leaps and bounds ahead of Mobile Internet Explorer, but Safari's performance, particularly in Javascript, is mediocre at best. Opera wants to change that—the company's Opera Mini mobile browser is unique in that it requests all data through a proxy server. Data streams are then compressed before transmission, which increases web surfing speed by 2x-3x. Opera has uploaded a video of its Mini browser running on the iPhone, check it below.



The benchmark results (they start at around 0:51) are particularly compelling; Opera Mini leaves Mobile Safari sucking wind. Opera has submitted Mini to Apple for approval for a second time (the first was back in 2008) and the company claims to have met every last requirement of the App store prior to submission. There's a count-up timer running on the site and a free iPhone to the person who guesses correctly how long it'll take Apple to approve or presumably reject the Opera browser.

In all likelihood, Apple will reject Opera Mini on the grounds that it duplicates functionality. After watching the comparison video, we'd disagree; Opera Mini provides functionality that Mobile Safari doesn't even touch. Not that we'd recommend anyone jailbreak their iPhone to use it—but if you did, we'd understand.
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Inspector replied on Tue, Mar 23 2010 5:22 PM

WOW :( i just hope they get accepted! if apple would allow more apps in and a bit more loss on accepting apps then the app store would be great and people won't need to jailbreak their phones for those cydia apps (But then again there is more to jail breaking) :)

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la_guy_10 replied on Tue, Mar 23 2010 8:56 PM

How will this look for Apple and the Apple faithful if this does get approval, we build a better browser than you so step aside and let us show you how it's done. Apple has built their empire on their laurels and innovation and this could have a domino effect, what will stop the next developer from coming in and offering a better solution and before long people will start asking themselves, why are we using an I-phone again? This would be a huge blow to apples reputation IMO.

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I want a I phone now. any one??

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realneil replied on Wed, Mar 24 2010 9:14 AM

Apple doesn't HAVE to accept the Opera browser at all. It's their sandbox and they don't have to play with anyone they don't want to. Heh-Heh!

There is already a line of companies complaining about Apple not playing nice with this, but it IS THEIR property.

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Inspector replied on Wed, Mar 24 2010 4:38 PM

But they aren't playing nice they are throwing sand in to others eyes! :( lol im telling my mom :( xD

If apple would just let these apps in they would have a even better iPhone. Its not like they are earning any money from the safari app so why not let this in???

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Kiristo replied on Thu, Mar 25 2010 3:51 AM

Opera FTW.

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