Saul Hansell goes back to Opera CEO Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner to get the full story on Opera Mini and the iPhone:
So I went back to Mr. von Tetzchner for more details. He said that the development of the iPhone browser was more an “internal project” of some engineers than a product that management was committed to introducing. Indeed, development was halted after the company looked at the details of the license agreement in Apple’s software development kit and realized that it would not be permitted.
“We stopped the work because of the prohibitive license,” Mr. von Tetzchner wrote in an e-mail.