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iPhone Web Browsers Are Finally Being Approved?

iPhone Web Browsers Are Finally Being Approved?

Posted January 14, 2009 at 12:34am by iClarified
Apple has begun approving 3rd party web browser applications for the iPhone, according to MacRumors.

A number of new web browsing apps have suddenly appeared with original submission dates ranging as far back as October. While Apple has made no official acknowledgements, it appears these applications were likely in a special queue awaiting for approval.

In the past Apple has declined applications based on the fact that they duplicated functionality already present in the iPhone. It is unclear why these applications are being approved now.

MacRumors lists four applications already approved:
- Edge Browser (Free) - No loss of screen real estate to the address or navigation bars.
- Incognito ($1.99) - Now you can browse without leaving a history of any kind.
- WebMate:Tabbed Browser ($0.99) - Web Mate simplifies browsing by queuing up all the links you click on, then allowing you to view them one by one when you're ready.
- Shaking Web ($1.99) - adds a sophisticated algorithm to compensate small hand shaking to allow for easier reading.

It will be interesting to see if Apple opens the door for popular browsers such as Opera or Firefox

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flo - January 14, 2009 at 7:33am
only thing is, these all seem to use the apples webview / webkit engine so basically they are the same as mobile safari , only with a different gui. so firefox / opera are still as unlikely as before.
t11chb - January 14, 2009 at 7:40am
Yeah, still no flash either
attnck - January 14, 2009 at 12:56pm
Yes, unfortunately they are WebKit-based. I doubt were going to see anything like Firefox, Opera or IE anytime soon.
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