Opera Software has reported that a complete version of Opera Mini for iPhone is ready and waiting, but can’t be released.
If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. Apple has repeatedly denied application developers from offering software which “replicates core functionality” of the iPhone and iPod touch. Specifically, Apple argues that Opera Mini, is competition for Safari in iPhone.
PhoneNews.com has covered in-depth Apple’s refusal to reduce the walled garden around iPhone. In recent weeks, Apple has removed key portions of the iPhone Developer Non-Disclosure Agreement, which now allows developers to share information about writing software for iPhone. However, Apple still refuses to offer any early assurance for a developer writing software for iPhone.
In short, Apple requires companies to invest thousands of dollars in time and resources to write a fully-functional, and release grade version of their software. Then, and only then, will Apple decide if the application can be released to software.
And, Apple has even gone as far as to possibly break the law to do so. We have noted in the past that Apple has shut down developer’s ability to sell software outside of the App Store.