Opera Software has announced that its Opera Mini web browser app has been submitted to Apple for approval. Just last month, Opera gave a demo of the iPhone version of its popular browser at Mobile World Congress. The announcement kicks off with a contest requesting guesses on how long it will take for Apple to approve the app, as well as offering an online count-up timer for the review process.
Opera Mini uses server-side rendering to improve page loading performance, claiming speeds of up to 6 times faster than Apple’s Safari on the iPhone
This server-side processing circumvents Apple’s restrictions on executing 3rd-party code within an iPhone app. Pages rendered on Opera’s servers are passed to the iPhone as a static page in a compressed format that uses less data to transfer than the original page.
Opera has posted a demo of Opera Mini Browsing as well as a side-by-side comparison with Safari running on an EDGE network.