Apple’s tolerance towards software that duplicates the functionality of its own first-party apps (like Safari, iPod, and Phone) has definitely improved in the past 18 months.
As curator of the App Store, Apple has the prerogative to reject and approve whatever it wishes, but its more relaxed disposition has resulted in Spotify, Ringtone Designer Pro, and even Opera appearing on its digital shelf...to much rejoicing.
Yes, that’s correct: the Mini edition of Opera became available to iOS punters last April, posing genuine competition to the iPhone’s built-in web browser.
Now up to version 6.0, Opera Mini has undergone a facelift, had its pinch-to-zoom function smoothened, and had Retina display support included.
All of which complements Opera’s pre-existing and incredibly handy Speed Dial and visual tabs features.
What’s on iPhone remarked on Opera Mini’s browsing performance, stating that it had “noticed a definite speed increase in page load times (probably due to the compression technology Opera is using with its servers).”
Opera Mini is a free download from Apple’s shopfront.