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Apple Approves Opera for iPhone

Apple has approved Opera Mini for the iPhone, which is big news because it is the first web browser for the iPhone. Opera Mini will help users where the AT&T network is most congested, like San Francisco and New York.

Ironically enough, for Opera Mini to be approved, it had to be deemed not a web browser because of Apple’s developer agreement. The agreement does not allow JavaScript rendering engines on the iPhone. Though the iPhone has had alternative browsers previously, all of them were actually skins for the Safari browser.

Technically, Opera Mini does not render web pages. Opera’s servers render the pages and Opera Mini renders a compressed markup language called OBML. This actually makes Opera Mini more like a PDF reader than a web browser.

People who have used Opera Mini have said that it is extremely fast, rendering web pages in ten seconds, as opposed to the thirty that Safari took. Opera Mini also reduces data traffic, which should give speed improvements to crowded areas.

Via PC Magazine, image via Opera.