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Opera begging for Apple to hurt them.

Word from Techcrunch this morning that Opera has submitted their version of their always amazingly performing browser for the iPhone:

After hyping the fact that they were building a free browser application for the iPhone and iPod touch, and showing it off to a small circle of reporters at the most recent Mobile World Congress (us included), Opera Software has officially submitted Opera Mini for iPhone to the Apple App Storeearlier today.

Million dollar question: will Apple allow it in, or leave the Norwegian software company hanging?

No, of course they won’t. Opera claims that their app is 100% in compliance with the App Store rules, but this suggests to me that they missed the one that says Apple rejects apps for duplicating existing iPhone functionality. And the functionality of Safari is pretty duplicated in this case, I’d say.

I shouldn’t take so much glee in their upcoming public failure, though, as it would be great if their app makes it onto the store. After all, there are all sorts of big bets I win once I can show evidence that Hell’s frozen over, and Apple allowing another browser on the iPhone might just do it.

Come on, Daddy needs a new pair of shoes! And sex with Bea Arthur.

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  1. March 23, 2010 at 8:09 am

    IT would be strange if no other browsers can Co.-exist on the iPhone / iPod touch. Microsoft is forced to make room for 3rth party browsers om their OS. Maybe Apple needs to be forced to allow this also……

  2. Justin G.
    March 23, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Ummmm… Sex with Bea Arthur! Isn’t she dead?

  3. Char
    March 23, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    Opera mini doesn’t duplicate safari functionality.

    safari doesn’t compress the pages, and that is opera’s main selling point.

  4. tuup
    March 24, 2010 at 3:24 am

    ” Opera claims that their app is 100% in compliance with the App Store rules, but this suggests to me that they missed the one that says Apple rejects apps for duplicating existing iPhone functionality.”

    As in applications like Spotify? How did that get approved, then?

    You clearly aren’t paying attention.

  5. March 26, 2010 at 1:46 am

    Mosspuppet,

    You are an idiot. Opera doesn’t duplicate Safari’s functionality, and if you knew what you were on about, you would know that there are browsers in the App Store for the iPhone and iPod touch already.

    You might hide your real identity behind the guise of an ugly looking puppet, but you can’t hide your stupidity and one-sided inner Apple fan-boy on the Internet.

    • March 26, 2010 at 6:44 am

      First of all, Opera duplicates Safari’s functionality in that it’s a browser. Is the technical implementation the same? No, not even close, but Apple has before blocked apps which “duplicate core functionality” even though they don’t on a technical level (Google Voice, that podcast downloader from a while ago) and haven’t reversed their decision. So shut up.

      Second, if I knew what I was talking about? Lookit: if you knew anything about what the hell you’re talking about, you’d know that every single one of those “other” browsers are apps running an instance of Mobile Safari. They may be dressed up slightly, but they’re all using the same engine. When you’re using the wonderful Apple development tools you can drop in Safari like you can a text field, or a button.

      Would you look at that? You just got owned by an old man. How did it feel?

  1. March 23, 2010 at 2:31 pm
    Opera Submits Browser App…But Who Cares?

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