Opera denied iPhone store access

Mikey 7 comments
Opera denied iPhone store access

When Apple recently lifted the NDA on iPhone application developers, it was an indication of better things to come to the popular mobile phone.

While this may hold true, Apple still have a card up their sleeve when it comes to competition and today the NY Times is reporting that Opera, the company behind the Opera web browser (seriously) and more recently Opera Mini, are being told they can't put their browser on the Apple Store.

Mac Rumours suggests Apple is within their rights to deny Opera as the 'SDK Agreement clearly forbids writing your own JavaScript interpreter', but at this stage it is unknown whether that is the case for Opera or not.

Others might think this is simply Apple denying any applications that competes with their own which we have already seen happen (interpret that how you will), and we should all note is something Apple have criticised Microsoft of (a monopoly) in the past. Apple have also said that iPhone users shouldn't expect to see any other browsers in the near future (source).

This is not so surprising though, as on the desktop Opera is far superior to Safari in just about every regard (that's just the opinion of this web developer veteran though). So the chances are the iPhone version of Opera would also beat Safari, which wouldn't sit well with Steve Jobs. As a regular user of Opera mini on the N95 I can testify to it being a great mobile browser.

Any way you want to look at it, Apple would do best to not deny potentially better applications than their own, especially as Google's Android would never turn anyone away.

I think people prefer to have a choice when it comes to what they put onto their portable devices, instead of being forced into picking only from the ones Apple dictate.

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Friday 31st October 2008 | 01:27 PM

That's pretty bad if it's true. Imagine if Microsoft only allowed Internet Explorer on Windows.

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Friday 31st October 2008 | 01:28 PM

...in response to this comment by Anders. We wouldn't have Firefox today, and the thought of that doesn't feel good with me :-)

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John F

Friday 31st October 2008 | 01:29 PM

safari should be good enough for anyone on the iphone so i dont see what the problem is for us iphoners anways

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Friday 31st October 2008 | 01:31 PM

Opera is freakin' awesome, that's for sure. It is dissappointing not being able to use it on the iPhone, I think I understand the reasons behind this decision by Apple, but it would be nice if some agreement could be reached between the two companies.

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Friday 31st October 2008 | 01:33 PM

I'm not sure if this is really monopolistic practice but it does come close. Microsoft got into big trouble for it before and as the iPhone is easily a market leader for mobile devices then they should be held accountable to the same rules.

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Steven Smith

Saturday 1st November 2008 | 02:53 PM

I like Opera more than Apple.

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Wendy W

Monday 17th November 2008 | 09:19 PM
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When I read the title I thought it was Opera the American TV personality wasn't allowed into an Apple store :-)

I still read the article to the end. Interesting.

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