Opera has revealed via X (formerly Twitter) that it will be introducing a new browser powered by AI that is built on its own engine for iOS in Europe. Opera is profiting from Apple’s decision to let competing browsers and other third-party apps on iOS under the European Digital Markets Act (DMA). Opera will utilize this AI-powered browser to deliver a unique AI-centered browsing experience for both iPhone and iPad users.
As the foremost European browser developer, we welcome the shifts brought about by the DMA, which seek to promote competition and provide iOS users with a broader range of browser options. Our commitment to this vision is reflected in the upcoming release of the AI-centric Opera One for iOS.said Jørgen Arnesen, EVP Mobile at Opera.
Additionally, we are pleased to note that Apple will be introducing a browser choice screen for iOS, simplifying the process for users to set their preferred browser as the default on their mobile devices.
Opera is enthusiastic about showcasing the new Opera One for iOS, which will focus on AI. Opera One comes with a built-in Aria generative AI assistant, along with a new refreshing Modular Design that includes Tab Islands. Beginning March 2024, iPhone users in the EU will have the option to download Opera One on devices that run iOS 17.4 or higher versions.
Initially, developers who intend to use a non-WebKit engine such as Opera One require Apple’s authorization for their apps/services. Apple’s standards are met by complying with this requirement, which emphasizes the importance of balancing user choice and platform security.