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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NathanHill
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2006-10-06

I've bounced between the other offerings, but Safari (or Webkit) are just faster... even than Firefox 3.1 beta (which is pretty fast). Opera has made improvements every time I try it, but it doesn't cut it. So, Opera on an iPhone doesn't add any value to me or the iPhone platform as I see it.

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hangman Member since:
2007-09-05

Opera is actually faster than Safari and Firefox overall, even if they are slightly faster at some JavaScript operations.

Opera Mini is even faster because stuff is compressed 80-90%. Especially nice if your network is slow sometimes.

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