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Opera Mini headed for the iPhone? Again.

Opera taunted us back in 2008 with plans of an iPhone browser hitting the iTunes shop, but thanks to Apple’s approval process something got stuck and it never saw the light of day.

Browser alternatives on the iPhone are really just variations of Mobile Safari since they use the same WebKit rendering engine. If Opera indeed releases their own version of Mini for the iPhone, it could mean Apple has let off on a lot of things, and Opera’s rendering engine and server-side compression tools which make for significantly faster Web-page loading and reduces data surcharges, could change the iPhone’s browsing capabilities forever.

We don’t know what will be the real scenario with the Opera Mini, a press release from Opera fails to mention Presto rendering engine. Were not entirely sure and will have to wait for it at the Mobile World Congress to see if Android is alone in the Opera browser department.

More on what Opera has in store for us next week:

* Opera Mobile 10 beta 3 on Symbian S60 and Windows Mobile handsets
* Opera Mobile 10 beta running on Android handsets
* Opera Mini 5 beta, running on a variety of handsets and platforms
* Opera’s cross-platform Widgets Manager beta, running on Windows Mobile and S60 handsets

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