updated 04:35 pm EDT, Thu October 30, 2008
No Opera Mini for iPhone
iPhone owners should not expect to see the Opera web browser on the device anytime soon, says Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner, CEO of the company. Von Tetzschner notes that while engineers have developed a version of Opera Mini for iPhones, Apple is blocking release through the App Store, due its competition with the built-in Safari browser. Opera Mini is used frequently on other smartphones, and speeds up mobile browsing by delivering stripped-down versions of websites.
Apple has received sharp criticism for blocking anything from the App Store which may be perceived as threatening dominance. Earlier this year the company denied MailWrangler, an app supporting simultaneous Gmail accounts, and Podcaster, software for receiving podcasts while mobile. While iPhones were unable to run mobile podcast downloads at the time, Apple is rumored to be incorporating the technology for its v2.2 firmware update. Podcasts would be accessed through the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store option.