Opera finally rolled out the iOS version of its Touch browser today—and it comes with a built-in ad blocker. A built-in ad blocker as you may have read somewhere before now, is the main catch. Users are usually swayed by such features because it helps them to block annoying and unwanted ads from their browsers.
The company announced the availability of the browser, which is expected to roll out on Monday. In a nutshell, users can find the iOS version of Opera Touch on the App Store from October 1. Maciej Kocemba, Opera Touch Product Manager, in a statement per NDTV said the browser is designed to “match the beauty, speed and ease of use of the new iPhone line.”
“We are releasing Opera Touch just in time with Apple’s new iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR because we believe that our browser is the perfect one to make these new devices really shine.” Kocemba added, “Today’s new phones have big, beautiful displays, but conventional browsers are yet to adapt to this development. Our product is aimed at people who want to fully appreciate their iPhones.”
With Touch, Opera will be seeking to do the almost impossible by trying to lure iOS users to try out a browser different from the traditional Safari browser. According to Kocemba, Opera wants to encourage Safari users to give Touch a try because it believes that the browser gives them something different from what they are used to.
“We’ve witnessed this situation before with a web browser reaching a dominant market position. This slows its progress. We want to encourage iPhone users to try something new: a carefully designed browser that gives them a better web experience on their beautiful phones.”
Opera Touch is on track especially with the inclusion of a built-in ad blocker with and a cryptojacking protection. Since it starts in a search mode, Touch is said to offer a fast access to search.
As with the Android version, Touch for iOS comes with an end-to-end encrypted Flow feature that connects multiple devices and shared images, notes, links and videos between them.
Perhaps, the biggest and most attractive of all features added to the iOS version of the newly launched Opera Touch is the fact that users can surf the internet on Apple’s latest big-screen phones. So, if you own the iPhone XS Max for instance, you might be setting yourself up for a lot of fun.
After adding a built-in protection against cryptojacking last January, Opera became the first browser to add a crypto wallet—thus becoming the first major browser to do that.
The feature will ease the process of handling cryptocurrencies. Once fully functional, there will no longer be need for the use of third-party extensions or applications.
The desktop wallet supports which supports Ethereum, its tokens, and collectibles, synchronizes with the crypto wallet that had been integrated into the Android version of the app since last June.