The Opera Mini web browser got a welcome update last week, bringing a new look and feel as well as long-awaited native iPad and Retina Display support -- which got us thinking, could be it good enough yet to take the place of Mobile Safari for your iOS web surfing?
The Mobile Safari web browser Apple includes with every iOS device is quite fine indeed, but some simply want the freedom of choice we enjoy on desktop platforms. Now that the popular Opera Mini browser is making the leap onto the iPad, we have more choices than ever.
When Apple blocked Google Voice from the App Store, the most hilarious reason they gave was that it replicated a core function of the iPhone. We laughed because there were literally dozens of WebKit based browsers in the App Store, duplicating the functionality of Safari. When Norway's Opera tried to get their browser in the App Store, Apple originally balked, then relinquished. And we celebrated. Well, get out those party hats again because it looks like an upgrade -- a big upgrade -- is coming our way.
Opera Mini, the free web browser for iPhone and iPod Touch from
Norwegian developer Opera Software ASA, offers quicker browsing than
Safari, though Safari may offer a more usable experience, according to a
recent Lifehacker post.
Another browser solution for our mobile devices is on its way to the App
Store. Opera Mini will be available within the next 24 hours, depending
on where you live. It is a free download for either the iPhone or iPod
touch, and it works for iPad, too--though you'll have to embiggen it.
If you're like us, you've been waiting for a long time to upgrade your MacBook Pro. Well thanks to an email from Steve Jobs and some intel about Intel, we're cautiously optimistic that we'll have new MacBook Pros to charge on our credit cards.
The Starcraft 2 beta is coming to Mac in April. This news makes April the Official Month of Mac gaming thanks to Steam on Mac and Sam and Max returning to the Mac. We're not going to get much sleep in April.