LAS VEGAS--Opera Software submitted its mobile proxy-based browser, Safari is still up in the air.
Either verdict could benefit Opera's hand. If Apple accepts the browser, Opera wins and can begin making a name for itself on yet another mobile platform. If Apple rejects Opera Mini, Opera gets a chance to play the victim, perhaps setting the stage to mount a similar European antitrust claim against Apple as Opera did against Microsoft for its Internet Explorer browser several years back.
There's a high chance Apple could reject Opera Mini for iPhone, but Opera is poised for either eventuality. A Web page on Opera's site keeps a running tally of the days, hours, minutes, and seconds until Apple processes the submission, and Opera is taking guesses in a rather tongue-in-cheek contest for when exactly Apple will hand down its decision. Whatever happens, Opera clearly wants as many eyes on the proceedings as it can get.
Until we know either way, we give you a glimpse of what could be, our First Look video of Opera surfing on the iPhone.