Back in March Opera submitted their Opera Mini web browser iPhone application to Apple for approval. No one knew whether Apple would approve the application, as in the past when an application has had similar functionality to features built into the iPhone, Apple had turned those applications down.
It look like Apple may be changing its stance on this as the Opera Mini Web Browser iPhone application has been approved and it is now available as a free download from iTunes.
One of the reasons it was probably approved is because it doesn’t actually render web pages, instead this task is done by Opera’s own servers, and them Opera Mini renders a compressed markup language called ODML, which makes it more like a PDF reader than a web browser in technical terms, but when using it it works just like a web browser.
We have just had a brief play with the Opera Mini iPhone App, and I have to admit it is pretty fast, a lot faster than the built in Safari browser on the iPhone, although some websites don’t look as good in it as they do in Safari.
You can download the Opera Mini Web Browser iPhone application free from iTunes.