A technewsdaily.com article recently wrote of their chance to speak with one of Opera’s presales engineers about the mini browser. When asked about the difference in load times he said, “On average, we see about 80 to 90 percent compression. The amount of compression depends on how image rich a website is. A small website with just text does not get compressed as much as a large website like the New York Times or the BBC.”
Obviously that is a tremendous difference. That level of compression almost doubles the speed of major websites everywhere. And if that the case, Opera is putting out a product that many people will want. Apple has frequently rejected apps that compete with their native apps in the past. If that happens in this case, they should have an angry mob on their hands. Not only would Opera’s release be good for the end user, it likely wouldn’t be bad for AT&T’s network either. After all, in larger municipalities like New York City, AT&T has had trouble even keeping up with network demands. I would think any way they can alleviate that issue should be welcomed with open arms. One way or the other, we will find out soon as lately the submission/decision process at Apple has sped up tremendously.