Opera readying browser for iPhone

Opera will submit its browser for the iPhone next week

Opera will submit its browser for the iPhone next week

Norwegian software firm Opera is to submit a version of its web browser for the iPhone next week. The app will need to be approved by Apple before it becomes available to users but if it does it will be the first major browser alternative available to iPhone users.

Opera claims its iPhone software will cut a connection’s data traffic by up to 90% and make downloads up to six times faster when compared to the Apple’s┬áSafari. At present iPhone users can only surf the web using Safari.

The mobile browser market in general has seen increased competition of late, with Mozilla’s Firefox officially launching a mobile version for Nokia’s Maemo operating software last month. In general Opera is one of the most popular mobile browsers on the market and also competes in the desktop market against Apple, Mozilla and Microsoft.

However it is not yet clear if Apple will even allow Opera’s application on the iTunes App Store. When asked about an iPhone version of Firefox in 2008, Mozilla executives ruled it out saying “Apple has not written a licence that allows it to happen.”

Opera’s co-founder Jon von Tetzchner was optimistic, however, saying they “hope that Apple will not deny their users a choice in Web browsing experience.”

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