Previously called Opera Touch on iOS, the browser has been rebranded to just 'Opera', unifying the company's brand and products across all platforms.
“Since the introduction of iOS 14 last year, when Apple announced users could change their default browser, we have seen tremendous interest in our flagship browser for iOS, particularly from users in North America and Europe. said Jona Bolin, Product Manager for Opera for iOS. “Today, more users worldwide are choosing Opera as their mobile browser for their state of the art iOS devices.”
The updated browser introduces a modern UI. You'll know you've got the update when the app's icon shifts from purple to red.
The revamp of the user interface in Opera also unveils a neater and flatter design that gives the browser a more refined appearance than before. The new-look replaces the diagonal background pattern, initially introduced into Opera Touch, with flat surfaces and removing shadows on bubbles and other elements. New icons have been added in the bottom bar and the Fast Action button.
Upgrading users will foremost notice a change of colors in the user interface. New themes have been introduced with intense and impactful accent colors. The purple that was originally introduced when the browser was launched is now gone. The light, dark and private mode themes have all changed. Every page, background, text, or element is affected to create a brand new impression and beautiful look.
The fast action button has less transparency than before, brightening the page overlay to bring the content upfront, improving the website’s readability and visibility.
“We plan to keep adding additional UI changes in the upcoming months. These additions will improve usability and aesthetics to give our users a more enjoyable browsing experience on their beautiful iOS devices. This is something unique that no other browser available on the App Store currently offers.” said Bolin.
You can download Opera Browser from the App Store for free.