Apparently the entire Tech world is amazed that Apple gave the OK to Opera's iPhone app.
Why they are so surprised is a mystery to me as Apple had, months ago, already approved several different browsers, for example iCab Mobile
The assumption seemed to be that Opera would be a real contender to the throne of Safari and that Apple would never allow apps that competed directly with their own categories of built-in apps. This is silly as Apple frequently has done this in all sorts of categories like stocks, music and mail. Oh, and webbrowsing.
Sure, the app store has loads of problems but Apple's rules are nowhere near as vindictive as many tech writers, for example in The Register, assume.
Silly tech pundits.
Having said all that Walt Mossberg's review is amazing
. But then Walt is the Kingmaker™.