It took Apple 20 days, 8 hours and 31 minutes to approve Opera Mini in the App Store for iPhone, iPad Touch (and maybe iPad, in the future?), according to a countup timer on Opera’s website.
I don’t think anybody – except Opera themselves – expected their browser to be approved, as Apple has previously been very reluctant to approve apps that are too similar to native apps or “copies” native apps one way or the other. Opera feels that their browser differ from Safari and apparently, Apple felt the same.
Back in the days of non-iPhone, Opera Mini was the first thing I installed on my java-based cell phones. That browser was incredibly much faster – and better – than any other built-in browser. While I don’t yet know how much better, if any, it is than Safari, it’s certainly much, much faster (see video below).
Users are reporting that Opera Mini doesn’t yet feel quite finished, missing “zoom pinch”, periodic rendering errors on certain websites and in general not as stable as Safari.