Two months ago, Opera released Opera Mini 6 for BlackBerry, Android, and Symbian smartphones, with promises that an iPhone version was in the works. Now that day has finally arrived, as Apple has approved the team’s submission and published Opera 6 Mini to the App Store.
Not to be confused with Opera Mobile, Mini’s claim to fame is that it pre-processes all web pages you view through Opera’s servers, reformatting pages to best fit on a small screen, and compressing site data in order to speed-up page loads over slower connections. Opera Mobile may ultimately be a more powerful web browser, but when you’re interested in speed and usability, Opera Mini arguably has the upper hand.
New to this release of Opera Mini for iOS devices is support for iPads, but iPhone 4 owners will also benefit from the browser now taking full advantage of the Retina Display’s increased pixel density. If you’ve used Opera Mini before, you’ll notice that there have been a few changes to the software’s user interface; Opera is going for a crisp, clean look with this release. If the first thing you think of when stumbling across a new site is whom you’re going to share it with, you’ll appreciate the new Facebook and Twitter integration. There’s support for a few new languages which use non-Latin character sets, and you’ll find some improvements to how the browser handles tabbed navigation. Finally, scrolling and multi-touch zooms should look smoother than ever; after all, what sense is a browser that loads pages quickly if navigating through them is stuttered and awkward?
You’ll be able to try out Opera Mini 6 even with an older iPhone, requiring iOS 3.0 or later to run. It’s available in the App Store now.