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Opera Mini blocked from iPhone App Store

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 02 Nov 2008 0:16 User comments (9)

Opera Mini blocked from iPhone App Store Apple has come under criticism this week for their apparent blocking of the popular mobile browser Opera Mini from the iPhone App Store.
Opera chief Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner has said they have the alternative to Apple's Safari browser already developed but Apple's App Store guidelines will not let it through as it will compete directly with Safari.

When the iPhone SDK was released in March, it became clear that Apple would "specifically bars third-party interpreters that call on non-Apple frameworks and languages, which by definition would include Opera's web rendering engine. This would have left Opera Software converting software unlikely to be released in the near term."

The news marks at least the second time an App has been blocked for competing directly with Apple products. Last month a podcast download and playback utility called Podcaster was blocked because it apparently replicated iTunes. There is currently no Apple-based equivalent available.

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9 user comments

12.11.2008 1:09

they haven't even submitted it yet from other rumors
http://daringfireball.net/2008/11/opera_app_store

22.11.2008 11:41
llongtheD
Inactive

Lets see, microsoft was sued for bundling internet explorer with windows (just bundling it.)They did not block use of any other browser. Sounds like apple is trying to stifle competition even more so than microsoft.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 02 Nov 2008 @ 11:42

32.11.2008 13:26

If the app was downloadable via the opera website people with unlocked phones could still use the app. People do it all the time with other apps such as the various video recorders that the app store still lacks. If enough people unlock their phones to get restricted apps maybe apple will get off their high horse and either allow them or upgrade safari to support flash 9. I am interested to see how this goes.

43.11.2008 18:38

Wait, you mean that Apple wants you to only use their software? That's not like Apple at all! Apple is all about being open and accessable...

Oh wait, I'm wrong...

This is what you get with Apple products. Apple users should be used to it by now.

54.11.2008 23:17

This is exactly why I will never own any Apple products.

64.11.2008 23:46

This is why I Pwned my iPod.

75.11.2008 0:42
varnull
Inactive

It's just one reason why apple never see my money... reason 2 is that I'm not a cappuccino drinking jazz listening t--t.

87.11.2008 13:28

Originally posted by ThePastor:
This is what you get with Apple products. Apple users should be used to it by now.
It's the new users who are finding out the hard way.

94.4.2010 5:12
New
Unverified new user

Originally posted by hermes_vb:
Originally posted by ThePastor:
This is what you get with Apple products. Apple users should be used to it by now.
It's the new users who are finding out the hard way.
Tell me about it!

I'm beginning to leaning heavily towards jailbreaking my iphone... Apple will be the losers here because I pay for apps... but I really hate being told how much I can use something that I have paid for.

I just pray I don't brick it.

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