Feeds

Fanboi Opera lovers get 10.5 beta

Mini on the iPhone? Still waiting

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

You still can't run Opera on the iPhone. But Opera-loving Apple fanbois can take some comfort from the fact that a beta version of the Norwegian browser maker's latest desktop creation is now available for the Mac.

The company released its Opera 10.5 Mac beta Thursday morning. The new build runs on Mac OS 10.4 - Tiger - as well as newer versions of Apple's desktop operating system.

Opera 10.5 includes the company's revamped JavaScript engine, dubbed Carakan - the new Opera Widgets for desktop, which lets those third-party mini-apps run on the desktop even when the browser is closed - and support for the still-gestating HTML5 video standard. Like Mozilla's Firefox, Opera uses the free and open Ogg Theora video codec with the HTML5 video tag.

Built with Apple's Cocoa framework, the browser also offers what Opera calls "better integration" with the Mac OS. This includes support for Growl, which can serve up desktop notifications from the app.

What's more, there's a unified toolbar, support for multi-touch gestures on compatible MacBooks and MacBook Pros, and private tabs and windows that anonymize data sent over the wire.

Though the beta supports Mac OS 10.4, it won't run on PowerPC-based Tiger machines. And Opera acknowledges that the beta has "minimal Java support" and "some Widget keyboard and window issues."

You can download the new build here.

Earlier this month, Opera demoed a version of its Opera Mini mobile browser for the iPhone, but it has yet to actually submit the browser to the iPhone App Store, a company representative confirmed Thursday. Currently, Apple does allow third-party browsers into the App Store, but only if they use the same WebKit rendering engine as its own Safari browser.

Apple's SDK forbids applications from executing their own code unless they use Apple's APIs or interpreters. But Opera Mini does not appear to violate this rule.

Opera Mini is typically a Java application. But the iPhone incarnation is a native app, and like other versions of Opera Mini, it taps into proxy servers that intercept and compress webpages before sending them down to the client. This speeds download times, but it also means that client browser does not run its own webcode. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20
It was 20 years ago today, Marc Andreeesen taught the band to play
Sway: Microsoft's new Office app doesn't have an Undo function
Content aggregation, meet the workplace ... oh
Sign off my IT project or I’ll PHONE your MUM
Honestly, it’s a piece of piss
Return of the Jedi – Apache reclaims web server crown
.london, .hamburg and .公司 - that's .com in Chinese - storm the web server charts
NetWare sales revive in China thanks to that man Snowden
If it ain't Microsoft, it's in fashion behind the Great Firewall
Chrome 38's new HTML tag support makes fatties FIT and SKINNIER
First browser to protect networks' bandwith using official spec
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.