Norway-based browser company Opera has announced it will be available at the iTunes app store for download into Apple products.

"Opera Mini has been approved for iPhone and iPod touch on the App Store," the company announced. "Opera Mini will be available as a free download within 24 hours, depending on market."

Opera is a significant mobile player and the ability to tap the iPhone and iPod markets may boost that play. Opera has broken the 100 million user mark but lags on the desktop.

Prior to this, as ReadWriteWeb has noted, the iPhone has remained off-limits for any browser besides Apple's own Safari. Their early February notice that they would be developing for the iPhone was thought possibly be primarily a public relations act. Not so.

Features include the following.

  • Easy to sync phone with computer
  • Speed Dial gets user to a website with a single tap
  • Address field with auto-completion
  • Tabs allow for multitasking with several Web pages
  • Bookmarks \easily managed and accessed

If Opera sells, and works well, for iPhone and iPod Touch users, perhaps other browsers will make their way into the orchard.