If you think safari in iPhone is not for you, or you think it is not fast enough when it is rendering the page. There might be a alternative soon. Opera is set to release Opera Mini on iPhone, and they have given a demo at Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress.
Opera Mini has a very different approach in displaying web pages. When opera mini send request for a page, the request will be sent to Opera’s Server which acts like a proxy server. The web page sent to Opera’s Server will be processed, rendered and compressed by Opera’s backend server before sending the page back to Opera mini on iPhone. Due to the compressed format, the page sent over will be smaller thus faster. But time is not the only factor reduce, size of the file is also reduced. Opera Team claimed that page is 90% smaller than the original file, thus saving bandwidth for iPhone users who are not on unlimited data plan.
As Reported, Opera Mini is very fast!
This is a unique opportunity to introduce the fast, feature-rich Opera Mini experience for the iPhone, and to showcase our latest beta releases of Opera Mobile and Opera Mini on other platforms and devices. Opera’s mission is to bring the Web to the world, and by making Opera Mini available on yet another platform, we are one step closer.
People from wired was also very impressed with the speed of Opera Mini:
we were very keen to see how it would fare. Our first impression? It’s fast. …… Scrolling through webpages is silky smooth, with nary a glitch or stutter regardless of the size of the page. The interface is instantaneously responsive as well, just as you’d expect from the iPhone. However, those expecting a tightly integrated browsing experience will be disappointed.
According to Reuters, Opera Mini for iPhone has not been submitted to Apple for review, and it remains unclear if Apple will approve the App as it seems to be a direct competitor to iPhone’s Safari.
As Opera Mini is not out yet, please stay tuned to UsingApple for more information on it!