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Opera has developed a version of its Opera Mini browser for the Apple iPad, and it intends to show the thing off next week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The company alluded to the browser with a press release on Thursday morning, saying it will also demonstrate new versions of Opera Mini for Android, iPhone, J2ME, …

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Jobs Horns

Why do opera...

Waste their time developing for Apple, when they clearly make it difficult for them?

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IT Angle

Well

For the same reason Google gives away their stuff for free - Opera's able to collect beaucoup amounts of data from people routed through its proxies. They can then sell this info for a tidy profit.

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Why do they bother developing anything at all?

Developing good software is difficult. So if 'difficult' is the threshold test for doing something then they shouldn't be developing at all.

If you just mean that Apple make it more difficult than the providers of competing tablets then I'd imagine it's because Apple have more users than the providers of competing tablets.

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WTF?

@ThomH what?

"Developing good software is difficult. So if 'difficult' is the threshold test for doing something then they shouldn't be developing at all."

It's extra difficult when the platform owner applies rules to your product that it doesn't follow itself. Rules which are deliberately designed to cripple your product or prevent it appearing on the platform at all.

And yes maybe they shouldn't be developing at all, at least for that platform. Notably Opera 10.1 (the full one) is on Android, as is Opera Mini, as is Firefox.

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Happy

# Tablet Users

In the tablet market, which would you say is most popular currently?

There now, that wasn't so hard.

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Cydia

They should release it on Cydia

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Anonymous Coward

Very useful...

...for bypassing individual countries barred sites list. Whoohoo!!!

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Stop

Re: Very useful....

Yes, as in "Chocolate Teapot".

If it were used for this on any scale, said countries would merely bar the Opera servers.....

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Restriction eased

The restriction on code interpreters had since been eased. This is why the C64 emulator app had to remove/disable BASIC, but have since been permitted to re-enable it. IIRC this change happened 6 months back.

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Anonymous Coward

@Steve Sims

The restriction has been eased to permit the interpretation of code that ships with the app (e.g., to allow apps to use scripting code such as Lua). Apple also appear to permit interpretation of user-created data, hence why the C64 app can include its BASIC interpreter again.

However, apps are still not allowed to interpret code which is downloaded from the Internet AFAIK. This rules out apps which use non-Apple JavaScript engines such as Opera's full-fat browsers.

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Pint

download

I believe you can still only intrepret code that's in the ipa package. Many modern games have engines written in C++, but a lot of components are chained together in scripts (like Lua). These games would have been barred from the iOS until the restriction was eased. It was good that that let in emulators, but you can't download new programs for your C64 emulator independently of app updates.

India Pale Ale or iPhone App, you decide!

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