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