Opera to launch new AI-inspired browser for iOS in Europe after Apple’s DMA changes

Opera announced that it will launch a new AI-powered browser built on its own engine for iOS in Europe. The move comes after Apple’s decision to allow alternative browsers to compete for iOS users on better terms as a result of the requirements of the European Digital Markets Act (DMA).

Apple iOS is opening the industry by allowing other players to enter the market.

The opening of the iOS ecosystem is a new opportunity for Opera to innovate further and usher in the innovative AI-centric browser experience iPhone and iPad users truly deserve with a full engine, AI-powered web browser, said Opera in a press statement.

“As the leading European browser developer, we embrace the changes introduced through the DMA, aimed at fostering competition and offering users a more diverse selection of browsers on iOS. We intend to deliver on this with the AI-centric Opera One for iOS,” said Jørgen Arnesen, EVP Mobile at Opera. 

“Furthermore, we are excited to see the confirmation that Apple will also implement a browser choice screen for iOS, making it easier for users to choose their favorite browser as default also on their mobile devices.”

Opera said, with the DMA entering into force in March 2024, this new browser will be presented in the months to come.

“Beyond the new frameworks and APIs for alternative browser engines, we are also very excited about the new interoperability request form Apple announced, that will allow developers to submit additional requests for interoperability with iPhone and iOS hardware and software features,” added Arnesen.

The Norway-based company said they can’t wait to share with the world what they have on their sleeves: “We applaud the directional changes and can’t wait to showcase the new Opera One for iOS that will put AI in focus.”

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