Opera Mini for iPhone Approved! Download Available in 24 Hours!

Just two and a half weeks ago Opera Mini 5 was submitted to the App Store for Apple’s approval. Well, according to a recent post by TechCrunch, the folks at Opera have confirmed that Opera Mini has been APPROVED!

The app should be available for download in the next 24 hours depending on where you’re located. I just checked the Canadian and US App Stores, but nothing yet. This is awesome news for iPhone owners as we’ll get to experience another internet browsing experience that is not via Mobile Safari. It’s interesting that Apple approved the Opera Mini 5 app. Some would argue that Apple, known for their control to ensure quality would allow an app that replicated a similar function as Mobile Safari.

Keep an eye out on the App Store because Opera Mini for the iPhone is coming soon! The screenshot below was taken from Belgium!

**edit** Opera Mini is now LIVE in the Canadian App Store! Go get it!

[TechCrunch, Opera]

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  • From what understand Opera Mini isn't so much a browser as it is a data interpreter, as all the rendering and stuff is done by Opera's servers and not on the phone… hence why Opera got approved.

  • Kris

    It's in the Canadian App Store now.
    Just downloaded it.

  • Sean

    Just got it from the Canadian App store 🙂

  • Joost: Yep, that's from what I understand as well. I have been testing it…definitely a new experience, bit choppy at times though!

    Thanks for the heads up guys!

  • ML

    Got it right away, played with it and… left to use as a backup browser. Yes, it is fast but I did not like the zooming function and, most importantly, Google Reader recognized it as a regular WAP browser (probably) and fed an ugly page, rather than their nice mobile version.

  • Lee

    I don't see anything special about it at all :S It doesn't seem any faster than Safari on 3G. When it shows the zoomed out view the text is just lines like Opera on the BlackBerry was, then you have to zoom in. I dunno I'll keep it as a backup or whatever though.

  • Agree. It felt very clumsy and not fun to use at all. I have a mini review coming.

  • ML

    Got it right away, played with it and… left to use as a backup browser. Yes, it is fast but I did not like the zooming function and, most importantly, Google Reader recognized it as a regular WAP browser (probably) and fed an ugly page, rather than their nice mobile version.

  • Lee

    I don't see anything special about it at all :S It doesn't seem any faster than Safari on 3G. When it shows the zoomed out view the text is just lines like Opera on the BlackBerry was, then you have to zoom in. I dunno I'll keep it as a backup or whatever though.

  • Agree. It felt very clumsy and not fun to use at all. I have a mini review coming.

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