Opera Browser Not Actually Rejected From App Store? [Update: More Info]

Last week we told you about the rejection of the Opera web browser for the iPhone from the App Store, as reported by the NY Times. Since then, however, Daring Fireball’s John Gruber has done some digging around and has found some new evidence that this may not actually have been the case.

Gruber points out in a recent post that the exact words of the NY Times article are misleading:

Mr. von Tetzchner said that 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.

The problem is that this wasn’t a quote from Tetzchner, but was actually an assumption created by the article’s author, Saul Hansell. The truth, or at least as Gruber sees it, Opera never submitted their Opera Mini browser to Apple at all.

His guess is that the Opera Mini browser Hansell mentions is currently running on jailbroken iPhones only, and that they still need to port their client to the officially supported C and Objective-C APIs in order to even submit their app. There’s still a chance Apple could reject it at that point, which would then be an example of anticompetitive practices.

Update: An Opera employee has shed a little more light on the situation. While he doesn’t comment on anything specific, he notes that it’s well-known that “Apple blocks competitors from their store, but I’m not sure if we’ve ever confirmed that we actually had Opera Mini ready for the iPhone.”

[via Daring Fireball]

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