Apple Rejects iPhone version of Opera Mini from the App Store; Maybe Not Yet [Updated]

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Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner, co-founder and CEO of Opera told New York Times in an interview that a version of Opera Mini developed for the iPhone was rejected by Apple from the App Store.

The iPhone version of Opera Mini would have been a direct competitor to iPhone’s Safari browser.

It has been a while since we have last heard of an iPhone App getting rejected from the App Store.

Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner, co-founder and CEO of Opera told New York Times in an interview that:

"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 is still not clear why their app was rejected by Apple. John Gruber of Daring Fireball speculates that the app could have got rejected either because Opera Mini was using its own Javascript interpreter which is not permitted by iPhone SDK’s agreement or because it is a direct competition to iPhone’s Safari browser.

I am guessing that it is the later as Opera would be aware that iPhone SDK’s agreement forbids them from writing their own Javascript interpreter.

I am not that
disappointed as iPhone’s Safari browser is easily the best mobile browser I have used. But the point is competition is always healthy as it encourages innovation especially since Opera’s
mobile browser is also a full-featured browser like Safari and is getting increasingly popular on smartphones.

Opera Mini joins the ever growing list of iPhone Apps rejected from the App Store.

What do you think about this latest App Store Rejection?

Update (Nov 2nd, 2008):

John Gruber of Daring Fireball has done
some more digging and is reporting that though the news that Opera had
developed an iPhone version of Opera Mini was true, they haven’t
submitted the iPhone app to Apple for it be rejected based on
information from some informed sources.

For more details continue reading iPhone version of Opera Mini is Not Rejected from the App Store?

[via Daring Fireball]

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  • The T

    Irrelevant, We Don't Care …

  • raffi

    they should release it on cydia

  • Great blog, I have only just come across this but having just purchased an iPhone I will be a regular visitor here.

  • Ahsan

    Better, OPERA MINI should come to CYDIA or INSTALLER

    Please release for CYdia or Installer so that we can enjoy opera mini.

    Every application that gets rejected from apple itunes should be available on Cydia or Installer

  • Nel

    This just gives further proof to the fact that Apple do not like competition.They sell iPhones locked to a provider that has a contract with them and now they do this…just crazy…

  • SE23

    Dunb they should release it. I tried to post here using my iphone and safari crashed 3, yes 3 times. I gave up and used my pc. Opera is the best 4 mobile

  • james

    i need another browser that hopefully doesn't crash on me as often as safari has. pisses the hell out of me. at first i thought i had too many pages open, but it still crashes even with one dang page.

  • nicolasl46

    what if Opera mini got rejected 'cause it included a flash player? Wouldn't that be fu..ed up?

  • I think this is not a good thing. Apple rejecting a major vendor's application without providing a reasonable explanation will potentially set off a backlash in the iPhone development community. Especially when it is with an application with a large fan base.

    I too agree with the author of the article that Safari is very good and it is getting better by the day as the development of WebKit continues.

    Having an open competitive environment is what made the Macintosh development community strong. Over the past 24+ years I had seen Macintosh software developers fails because they did not follow Apple's development guidelines. This is due to the fact that the Macintosh user community is extremely particular and critical on the applications that use.

    I think Apple should allow Firefox and Opera to be on the iPhone, and then let the iPhone user community decides which will survive.

    If Apple is confident enough of WebKit and Safari they will do as I had suggest.

  • Mike

    You know i always here the good more then i hear the bad , i have a iphone and also have the gphone some things are good on iphone and others are good on the gphone my thing is be honest and stop making it seem like theres nothing better , make me think you work for apple !!!!! By the way in austin tmobile 3g is faster the att and that comes from network test i have it on both phones