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Over the past 24 hours, Apple has begun to approve 3rd party web browsing applications for the iPhone. 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. We had seen a similar "group" delays with other categories of apps. The most notable example involved flatulence applications such as Pull My Finger and iFart Mobile. Once Apple decided to allow the category within the App Store, a backlog of apps quickly appeared.

Web browsing applications were previously charged with "duplicating functionality" of other iPhone apps and was felt to be the reason why Opera would never be approved by Apple.

A partial list of these new applications include:

- 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.

This could open the door for mobile versions of prominent web browsers such as Opera and Firefox, though there remain other SDK restrictions that could prevent full-featured versions of those browsers from appearing. Still, Apple appears to be loosening some early restrictions they had applied to the App Store approval process.

Article Link: Apple Allows 3rd Party Web Browsers in App Store
 

amac4me

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Nice development! I wonder if Firefox will find its way onto the App Store and then the iPhone.
 
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puffnstuff

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All Apple needs to do now is release an updated version of the SDK that allows apps to show up on an external screen. :D
 
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iParis

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These aren't browsers like you'd see on a desktop.
They're basically just skins/plugins for Safari Mobile.
 
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NT1440

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As someone said in the other thread, this is essentially webkit/safari with different UI thrown over it.
 
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TuffLuffJimmy

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hasn't 1Password been doing this for a while now? If these are indeed just webkit browsers....

1Password is basically just a skin over safari, much like the browser built into various twitter clients. I'm not sure what the differences here are, or what rules in the SDK Apple had to change to allow these.
 
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Me1000

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1Password is basically just a skin over safari, much like the browser built into various twitter clients. I'm not sure what the differences here are, or what rules in the SDK Apple had to change to allow these.

exactly, which from what I understand is exactly what these browsers are...

Can anyone shed some light on this?
 
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dukebound85

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PlaceofDis

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be interesting to see what comes of this, as in if any other rendering engines will be ported to the iPhone.

another thing i hope we start to see is other mail applications.
 
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Warbrain

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These aren't web browsers - these are different UIs for WebKit/Safari on the iPhone. It's still the same engine as before. When Apple begins to allow new engines then Firefox and Opera could possibly come. But that's not going to happen.
 
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