"Snowball, Hell; Hell, Snowball." Opera looks to get Opera Mini on the iPhone platform

Opera Software is looking to put Apple on the spot thanks to its Opera Mini browser. The company just announced today that "Opera Mini for iPhone" has been submitted to Apple's iPhone App Store.

Opera Mini for iPhone gets around using interpreted code issues by using server-side rendering. By going with server-side rendering, Opera says that it can compress data by up to 90 percent before it reaches the end user making for faster browsing speeds (and reduced bandwidth needs).

Since Opera Mini for iPhone doesn't use interpreted code, the only reason that we could foresee Apple rejecting the browser would be due to the fact that until now it has only allowed WebKit-based browsers into the App Store. If Apple approves Opera Mini for iPhone, it will be seen as a bold gesture from Apple whose heavy handed approach to app store approvals/rejections is well known. If Apple were to reject Opera Mini for iPhone, many will point to the hypocrisy of allowing "duplication of functionality" for the current Webkit-based browsers available in the App Store.

“The Opera Mini for iPhone sneak peek during MWC told us that we have something special,” said Opera Software's Jon von Tetzchner. “Opera has put every effort into creating a customized, stylized, feature-rich and highly responsive browser that masterfully combines iPhone capabilities with Opera’s renowned Web experience, and the result is a high performing browser for the iPhone.”

It will be interesting to see Apple's reaction to Opera Mini for iPhone -- no matter if the answer is yes or no, the web will likely be abuzz with commentary for days regarding Apple's decision. Opera Software is milking this process for all its worth with a countup timer that shows how long it has been since the app was submitted to Apple.

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