Is Apple opening iPhone to new browsers?

Newly approved browser apps expand options, may show change in policy

Razorianfly: "Slick looking, but slow."

ShakingWeb, which also seems to be more like a Safari utility than a standalone Web browser: it uses an algorithm to maintain a steady screen image, by compensating for any shaking of your hand if you're walking, or riding a bus, for example; US$1.99.

Razorianfly: "Shaking is pretty innovative, but the innovation stops there. Shaking Web only supports one window being open at any one time. So you can forget about sites that require pop-ups to initiate, or you simply just want to look at something else while browsing."

"Shaking Web and the Edge browser do seem like they could be Safari plug-ins," Hirst writes, in response to a Network World e-mail query. "If Apple would actually accept plug-ins for mobile Safari, then browsing on the phone could get a little more interesting. As it is now, and as I understand it, these are not full-on browsers. For one they lack [features such as] bookmarking, [and] history...."

Hirst won't be dumping mobile Safari. But he says he expects to use one of the new applications, WebMate, far more often than Safari from now on. "The thing I like about WebMate is link queuing," he says. "Although it's another form of 'tabs,' it's different in the sense that you can choose if a link should be queued, whenever. Whereas in Safari, a new tab will open only if the page being viewed requires one to [open]. Not to mention, being the designer that I am, I like the [WebMate] UI layout. It's crisp -- like Safari." You can see a video of WebMate in action online.

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