Browser maker Opera plans to introduce an iPhone version of its Mini browser to the App Store next week, promising “six times faster download speeds” and “10 times smaller data traffic” than with mobile Safari. Now all that remains is, well, approval.
Those speed and bandwidth boosts most likely come from the server-side compression that Mini incorporates, though that could be a blessing for international travellers faced with monstrous roaming data fees. No word yet on which way Apple will go on Opera Mini — they’ve previously let a few in before, but mostly from smaller-name firms that piggyback off Safari’s own rendering engine.
Mini, on the other hand, has its own full-page rendering engine, and features like tabbed browsing, Speed Dial, desktop syncing,and much more. It would be great to see Apple allow some browser innovation into the iPhone, but we can’t say we’d bet on it.
Norway’s Opera to introduce browser for iPhone [Yahoo! News]