Linked by David Adams on Wed 29th Oct 2008 20:55 UTC, submitted by Geir Johasen
Opera Software An interesting NYT Bits blog entry covers Opera's mobile browser. Buried in the middle of the article is this quote: "Opera's engineers have developed a version of Opera Mini that can run on an Apple iPhone, but Apple won't let the company release it because it competes with Apple's own Safari browser." It also talks about Opera on the Wii and browsers in cars. A good read. My Take: But back to the iPhone. As tempted as I am to just shrug it off, since Apple is free to run its App Store any way it pleases, as an enthusiastic iPhone user, I think Apple is shooting itself in the foot here, as it is with all the "competitive" apps being rejected. Apple does stand to lose some Google revenue by letting people use other browsers, but they have much more to gain by unleashing the creativity of the developer community and giving them the freedom to improve or replace core iPhone functionality. Hopefully competition from Android forces them to wake up.
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RE[2]: iPhone is one browser
by squelart on Thu 30th Oct 2008 01:11 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by squelart"
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The iPhone provides a different user interface from most computers: Small screen, no mouse but multi-touch interface. W3C does not provide a standard way to deal with those (yet).

For me, web *apps* provide more than just information, they provide a way to interact with the information. Because of my personal interests, I wanted to make an iPhone-friendly version of a graphical function grapher -- the 'standard' version works on all desktop browsers, so I'm all for W3C compatibility there. But as a lazy developer wanting to create this iPhone view, I don't want to deal with potentially different ways to access the non-standard interface.

Say Opera was available on iPhone, but not compatible with Safari's iPhone extensions. My app would appear as it does on the desktop, which would make it impractical to use on iPhone -- i.e. Opera fans would probably just never use it.

Now if jQuery took care of all inconsistencies between iPhone browsers, I would care less. :-)
Or if W3C offered a standard interface to iPhone-like gizmos and Safari followed it, that'd be great!

[edit] Oh, and I just wanted to give *one* argument for limiting browsers on the iPhone, from the point of view of web *apps* developers (on a new kind of platforms for which there are no standards yet), and Apple's "our way is the best and only way" motto...
As a simple user, I would love to be able to use Firefox on the thing! And as a freedom lover, I would indeed prefer if there were no restrictions on apps (unless illegal). But Apple has the right to restrict things on its product, customers have the right not to buy the iPhone, and finally everybody has the right to complain about restrictions. :-)

Edited 2008-10-30 01:26 UTC

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