Rumor: Apple wanted Opera to be the iPhone browser
According to ValleyMag, unknown source reported that before the first iPhone was released, Apple wanted Opera to build the browser for the iPhone.
Negotiations dragged on for six months, the sticking point being exclusivity — Apple wanted it, but Opera was unwilling to commit, seeing a larger market for licensing its proprietary software to multiple handset manufacturers. Eventually, Apple walked away armed with ideas from the negotiations and built a version of its own Safari browser for the popular mobile device. Continue Reading
After yesterdays Adrian Kingsley benchmark test (Firefox 3.0 Beta 5 vs. Safari 3.1 on Mac OS X), I’ve decided to add Opera 9.5 Beta and run them on Windows machine.
Used latest browsers builds (nightly or weekly, all released on April 8th. So how were the results? They’ve actually shocked me a bit, so here you go:
Apparently I did that after installing Safari on my Windows machine as Apple’s Software License Agreement says:
“2. Permitted License Uses and Restrictions. A. This License allows you to install and use one copy of the Apple Software on a single Apple-labeled computer at a time.”
With the recent Opera 9.5 SDK for devices release and upcomming iPhone SDK, does that makes it possible?
Check “Opera Browser Coming To The iPhone” video and you decide.
Did he just said “Yes!”? No, that was just the end of conversation (or do they just want you to think so?). Not in the near future. I bet that we will see more information regarding Opera for iPhone in the upcoming months. And who knows, maybe at the end of the year, you will be reading FavBrowser.com on your iPhone using Opera ;-) Continue Reading
Not so long time ago they have released Safari 3.0.3 Beta. Actually I think it was on July 31st when I wrote “Where’s Safari 3.0.3 Beta?“. It’s recommended to get this update (if you are using any previous Safari 3 Beta version). Sorry for a delay, but somehow I haven’t noticed this release.
Changelog doesn’t say much, but enough to understand what was done.
Safari 3.0.3 Windows changes:
Latest security updates,
Safari 3.0.3 Mac OS X changes:
Latest security updates.
It’s been a month since last Safari 3 release (3.0.2).
Assuming that it only took less than 2 weeks to release Safari 3.0.2 right after 3.0.1 was released this makes me wonder a bit… I am wondering if Safari developers team are developing it silently or they just wanted to get more attention before iPhone release.
If anyone knows any Safari 3 developers blogs (where they are talking about upcoming releases, but not about released versions), please let me know.
Apple just released a new Safari version (3.0.2) which is availaible to download.
Safari Beta 3.0.2 for Microsoft Windows addresses the following issues:
Includes the latest security updates for Safari.
Non-English versions of Microsoft Windows
Safari unexpectedly quitting if interacting with bookmarks on non-English configurations of Windows.
Safari unexpectedly quitting when typing in text fields on non-English configurations of Windows.
An issue in which bold and italic text could be missing in Web pages on non-English configurations of Windows.
Safari unexpectedly quitting if the Windows user account name contains non-ASCII character.
An issue in which all text is missing if the Windows system has a large number of fonts installed.
All text may be missing when Safari is installed in a location other than the default location.
Slow startup time when installed fonts have an improper creation time (a future date).
An issue in which a font other than Arial could be used instead of Arial on certain Web pages.
Safari unexpectedly quitting after prompting for a username and password for HTTP authentication.
Safari unexpectedly quitting when handling the unsupported NTLM authentication method.
Safari unexpectedly quitting with certain invalid RSS feed URLs.
Safari unexpectedly not responding (“stalling”) due to contention with the thread that updates RSS feeds.
Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR) and Yahoo Widgets
Inability to install Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR) Web applications and Yahoo Widgets.
Safari unexpectedly quitting when sending a news headline as an email from Google Reader.
Safari unexpectedly quitting on systems with earlier microprocessors that don’t support the SSE instruction set.
Safari unexpectedly quitting with certain video cards.
Safari unexpectedly quitting when a web server produces an empty Content-type header.
Safari Beta 3.0.2 for Mac OS X addresses the following Safari issues:
Includes the latest security updates for Safari.
Safari might unexpectedly quit when parental control features are enabled for an account.
Safari might unexpectedly quit when sending a news headline as an email from Google Reader.Safari Beta 3.0.2 for Mac OS X also updates WebKit to address the following issues:
There may be missing quoted text when replying to an email message containing HTML.
Spaces might not appear when when typed at the beginning of a line, when replying to an email message containing HTML.
Improves stability of Mail.
An issue in which incoming iChat messages could be delayed.Improves compatibility with Dashboard widgets that make use of plug-ins.
Improves compatibility with Dashboard widgets that have a search field.
Addresses an issue in which BBEdit might unexpectedly quit while dragging text outside of an HTML preview window.It also includes security fixes.
While we are waiting for “Opera Software” Flash replacement, Apple today announced, that their new product (iPhone) users will be able to play YouTube videos.
“A new Apple-designed application on iPhone will wirelessly stream YouTube’s content to iPhone over Wi-Fi or EDGE networks and play it on iPhone’s stunning 3.5 inch display.”
“iPhone delivers the best YouTube mobile experience by far,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Now users can enjoy YouTube wherever they are—on their iPhone, on their Mac or on a widescreen TV in their living room with Apple TV.”
Want to buy an iPhone already?
If you haven’t seen this video yet, be sure to do that.
Maybe that could mean war, here’s a Steve Jobs quote about iPhone:
“it is the full Internet in your pocket for the first time.”Of course, Opera wasn’t happy about that, as their Opera Mobile already do that. So they “complained” a bit, later that day Steve Jobs responded (quote):
“I apologize. I should have been more specific. Our products will be the first to allow normal, non-loser people to do these things.”Also, according to Apple, Safari 3 for Windows is much faster than Opera or Firefox. Of course, this seemed to be not so true.Well… I think that Opera is no longer a “quiet” browser. They’ve responded with a funny video about Opera Mini and iPhone. They are trying to get as many attention as possible now instead of just spreading word via it’s community. I am glad that they’ve changed the way in which they promote products. I am also almosut sure, that Apple will create something similar to this against Opera too. Maybe that means war. We will see in the future. As for now I am really happy with things they are doing now. They want attention in any price.
See Mom, we’re not a small company and we came to beat our competitors. So stop ignoring our browser, as we are here now.