Opera Wednesday: Opera Mini for iPhone Submitted to App Store
Article by George Norman
On 24 Mar 2010
As part of our Opera Wednesday coverage, the day when we focus our attention on Norwegian software developer Opera Software, we shift focus onto Opera Mini. Not Opera Mini 5 that recently graduate out of Beta; we shift focus onto Opera Mini for iPhone, the browser version Opera Software showcased at the 2010 Mobile World Congress (MWC) last Month.

After unveiling Opera Mini for iPhone and saying it can offer up to 6 times faster download speeds, and up to 10 times smaller data traffic, Opera Software expressed its confidence that should it submit the browser to the App Store, Apple would welcome it. As Opera Software put it, Apple “will not deny their users a choice in Web browser experience.”

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We’ll just have to wait and see, won’t we? And we won't have to wait long. Opera Software announced in a press release that it officially submitted Opera Mini for iPhone to the App Store.

“Opera Mini for iPhone was officially submitted to the Apple iPhone App store today [March 23]. A select few first saw it at Mobile World Congress 2010 in February. Now, the “fast like a rocket” browser is taking its first big step towards giving users a new way to browse on the iPhone,” said Opera Software in the press release.

There are several bits and pieces that make Opera Mini for iPhone an interesting browser. First there’s the fact that it offers up to 6 times faster download speeds. The browser can do this because data is routed through Opera’s servers before reaching your mobile device. By routing data through their servers, Opera can compress images and text before sending them to you - which reduces data traffic by up to 10 times.

The fact that Opera Mini for iPhone comes with features that Safari does not have, also makes it an interesting browser. Here are some features that Safari does not have, features that are available in Opera Mini: find in page, saved passwords, adjustable image quality, full screen browsing, adjustable font sizes and customizable skins.

“The Opera Mini for iPhone sneak peek during MWC told us that we have something special,” said Jon von Tetzchner, Co-founder, Opera Software. “Opera has put every effort into creating a customized, stylized, feature-rich and highly responsive browser that masterfully combines iPhone capabilities with Opera’s renowned Web experience, and the result is a high performing browser for the iPhone.”

Care to win an iPhone? You can by entering Opera’s contest. Guess when Opera Mini will be approved by apple and if your guess is the closest, you win an iPhone. Check out Opera's iPhone count-up counter for more details.

Other articles from our Opera Wednesday coverage:
Browser Downloads in Europe Have Doubled this Month
Opera 5.1 Available for Download
Opera Widgets On all Mobile Phones




Tags: Opera Software, Opera Mini, Opera Mini for iPhone, Apple, iPhone
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