Opera browser on Mac App Store, but rated 17+

Darren Allan

March 4, 2011

Last year, Opera Mini was let loose on the iPhone, after being approved by Apple. Despite doubts by many that Apple would never let a rival to Safari into its iOS playground.

And now the Cupertino company has allowed the full-fat version of Opera to be available for download on the Mac App Store, where it’s the first non-native browser to appear.

But there’s a slight catch. For some reason, Apple has deemed it appropriate that Opera should get a 17 or over age rating.

This is because the browser contains, we quote, “frequent/intense and mature/suggestive themes”. We kid you not. If you find Opera’s toolbar intense and suggestive, then some psychiatric counselling could be in order.

Presumably this is a reference to the content on the web which could potentially be viewed by the users of the Opera browser. Although in that case, surely Safari should get the same mature age rating.

It’s all very silly, without a doubt, and Jan Standal, VP of Desktop Products for Opera Software, was quick to issue a jokey press release.

He said: “I’m very concerned. Seventeen is very young, and I am not sure if, at that age, people are ready to use such an application. It’s very fast, you know, and it has a lot of features. I think the download requirement should be at least 18.”

Standal notes that there is a workaround for those under 17 – simply download the browser from the Opera.com site, where they won’t ask for your age. Or your credit card number.


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