Opera Mini approved by Apple for the iPhone App Store

The sky is falling, the sky is falling. No? Are you sure? Did you actually looked on the window, or even better, checked a webcam so you won’t have to get up from the computer? Because you might be in for a big surprise, Opera Mini App for the iPhone was approved today and is expected to show in the Apple’s App Store in the next 24 hours.

Yep, it is true, the app that nobody expected to be approved due to Apple’s policy for applications that duplicate the functionality already existing in the phone, made it. For the full press release and a video demo, hit it after the break.

Opera today announced its popular mobile browser, Opera Mini has been approved for iPhone and iPod touch on the App Store. Opera Mini will be available as a free download within 24 hours, depending on market.

Opera Mini, with more than 50 million users worldwide, enables fast mobile Web browsing by compressing data by up to 90 percent before sending content to the device, resulting in significantly improved page loading. Users of the app will notice an uptake in speed, especially on slower networks such as the 2G Edge network. Surfing the Web with the Opera Mini App on iPhone and iPod touch will also help users save money because of its data compression capabilities. This will hold especially true while the user is incurring roaming charges.

“We are delighted to offer iPhone and iPod touch users a great browsing experience with the Opera Mini App,” said Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software. “This app is another step toward Opera’s goal of bringing the Web to more people in more places.”

The Opera Mini App is available for free from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore/.

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