According to TechCrunch Opera Software will unveil a version of their Opera Mini browser for the iPhone next week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. While there has been no app submitted to Apple's App Store at this time, Opera has hopes that Apple will not deny "users the choice in web browsing experience." Don't get excited just yet, currently the only other web browsers Apple allows on the iPhone are WebKit based (the engine that powers Safari and Google Chrome) whereas Opera's browsers (desktop, mobile, mini, and Wii) all use the Presto engine.
Apple has been heavily criticized for their App Store policies, most recently with the rejection and removal of Google Voice apps allegedly at the request of AT&T. Other apps have been rejected for simply mimicking the functionality or existing features of the iPhone. Could we soon see a major change to the App Store, perhaps with the 3.2 or 4.0 version of the iPhone (and iPad) OS?
This will ultimately end with one of two possible outcomes.
The Mobile World Congress kicks off on February 15, 2010. Apple is not on the list of exhibitors.