3rd party browsers heading to App Store

Apple came down hard on suggestions that we'd be seeing the likes of Opera of Firefox Mobile on the mighty iPhone at the end of last year. However, Cu

Apple came down hard on suggestions that we'd be seeing the likes of Opera of Firefox Mobile on the mighty iPhone at the end of last year. However, Cupertino has begun the process of giving the thumbs up to a number of 3rd party browsers, according to MacRumors.

Word is these new apps are in a special queue, just waiting to be given the final go ahead. Previously, Apple had said they were not interested in allowing apps which duplicated functionality on the iPhone or iPod Touch.

New apps are said to include Edge Browser which will let you keep address and navigation bars while online, the 'adult–friendly' Incognito and WebMate: Tabbed Browser, which will let you cue up a string of pages to view online.

There's no word on when, or indeed if, Firefox's new mobile effort and Opera Mini will make the jump. But surely it's not long before Apple sees fit to open the Touch and iPhone up to the mobile internet's big pretenders.