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Opera approved for Mac App Store; users under the age of 17 need not apply

Is the browser business moving into adult territory? Well, Apple apparently thinks so: while it has approved of Opera's free web browser being listed in its Mac App Store for users to download and use, the company has also posted a requirement that users must of a certain age before they can be allowed to do so. Who'd have guessed that dowloading a simple web browser could be such serious business?

Have you started using Apple's new Mac App Store to handle software downloads on OS X? Well, if you do, you might have noticed that a new addition was made to Apple's software repository today. Apparently, Opera's browser has just been approved by Apple's App Store team, and is now currently available for download from the aforementioned service.

However, it will also seem that Apple has imposed some restrictions on who can download Opera's web browser onto their Macs. Indeed, a quick look at some of the requirements listed by Apple on Opera's product page in its Mac App Store has revealed an interesting fact; the company clearly thinks that web browsers have the potential to frequently feature suggestive or severe adult themes, and has taken action  to stem the flow of undesirable content by requiring that downloaders be at least 17 years of age. 

To prove that we are not trying to pull a fast one on you, here is a screenshot of the very requirement, taken from iTunes Japan:

The good news is that existing Opera owners need not fret: the copy of Opera available from Apple's App Store is the exact version that is currently being offered for download directly from Opera's home page. 

Still, it should probably come as no surprise that Opera had some rather interesting things to say about its browser being flagged out as unfit for OS X users under the age of 17.

"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," quipped Jan Standal, VP of Desktop Products for Opera Software.

So what happens for potential Opera users who fail the age verification check? Simple: bypass the check by downloading the browser direct from the company's home page.

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