Saturday, November 1, 2008

Apple says no to Opera Mini for iPhone

When Apple rejected and banned entry Podcaster to its insanely popular one and only mobile phone: the iPhone (through App Store), we think Apple was acting like a selfish dictator.

But apparently we are wrong, Apple was not a dictator, Apple is the God of iPhone. ;-p

Apple is now doing it again, and proves that it is the almighty ruler on everything surrounding its iPhone. The app getting rejected entry to App Store now is Opera Mini, one of the most popular mobile web browser for various mobile phone platform.

Opera CEO Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner told NYTimes in an interview: "Opera’s engineers have developed a version of Opera Mini that can run on an Apple iPhone, but Apple won’t let the company release it because it competes with Apple’s own Safari browser."

This might sounds funny, but is Apple affraid of Opera Mini to beat iPhone's Safari web browser? That is one point of view to look at this issue, and if you look at it with Apple's eyeglasses: Once said "no app that duplicates the functionality of Apple's products is allowed in iPhone", than you should stick with what you've said. No special treatment to special someone, this is my way to make a living. ;-p

Uh oh, this strongly means iPhone users should not expect Firefox for Mobile, a.k.a. Fennec. I don't think Apple will be changing its mind soon... Sources are from NYTimes, via UnwiredView.

[blogged with my Treo 750v]

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