Opera bringing Mini Browser to the iPhone

Norway’s Opera Software has announced that it has submitted Opera Mini for iPhone for approval on the Apple App store.

First shown at the Mobile World Congress 2010 in February, the browser is known for its speed which the company says is up to six times faster than the iPhone’s native Safari browser.

The speed comes thanks to something called server side rendering. Simply speaking the way it works is when you request a web page in the Opera Mini application, the page is actually sent first to Opera servers where it is compressed and then sent on to your iPhone.

By compressing the web page up to 90% before sending it to the iPhone, pages load faster and less data needs to be sent resulting in less data usage on your wireless data plan.

“Opera has put every effort into creating a customized, stylized, feature-rich and highly responsive browser that masterfully combines iPhone capabilities with Opera’s renowned Web experience, and the result is a high performing browser for the iPhone.” said Jon von Tetzchner, Co-founder, Opera Software.

Other notable features of the new browser include page caching and tab browsing.

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One Response to “Opera bringing Mini Browser to the iPhone”
  1. Britbloke says:

    The title of this post is very misleading. There’s a good chance that Apple will reject this app due to all the controversy it has caused. Unfortunately, Opera Mini may never see the light of day on the iPhone if Apple get’s it’s way.