Well there’s a shocker… after the Opera Mini Web Browser was submitted to Apple for approval in March, it has now actually been approved and landed in the App Store! It’s the first browser not based on the WebKit browser engine that’s been allowed on the Store to rival Safari on the platform, and may open the doors for a number of other browsers in the future such as Mozilla’s Fennec project, which currently only caters for a small number of platforms.
The approval of Opera Mini on the iPhone certainly came as a surprise to me and many others who thought that the bid to get an Opera web browser on the iPhone was a foolhardy one that was no more than a publicity stunt. The key to Opera being accepted? It’s a proxy browser, so all compression of data happens on Opera’s servers after the web page request has been sent. It’s then sent back to your phone where it’s displayed.