Opera has launched its “blockchain-friendly” browser app for iPhone users. In so doing, it has introduced millions of consumers worldwide to cryptocurrency for the first time.
The latest version of Opera Touch for iOS brings functionality previously available on Android to Apple devices for the first time.
The browser also allows users to run decentralized apps and Web 3.0 without the need for an additional app, which can be accessed directly through the browser address bar.
According to their website, Opera said the crypto wallet function would have an increasingly important role in the transition to a ‘decentralized web’.
“We believe that the Web of today will be the interface to the decentralized web of tomorrow (Web 3). With built-in Crypto Wallet, the browser has the potential to renew and extend its important role as a tool to access information, make transactions online and manage users’ online identities in a way that gives them more control.”
The wallet will enable iOS users to receive, store and send cryptocurrencies like bitcoin from their smartphones. They will be able to do this without the need for any additional apps or services. In addition, users will have the ability to collect a range of crypto tokens such as CryptoKitties and in-app currencies.
Users also gain access to the range of dapps by buying ETH and storing it in their default Opera wallet.
The launch is expected to introduce significant numbers of iPhone users to working with cryptocurrencies for the first time. Meanwhile, it will provide useful functionality for those already familiar with crypto transactions.
The roll-out on Android has already proved popular with consumers, with the iOS expected to make similar waves over the coming days and weeks.
The exciting development comes at a time of increasing mainstream usage and acceptance of cryptocurrencies. Institutions more amenable to cryptos these days include banks and investment funds.
Opera has now delivered its crypto wallet to iOS users worldwide. The launch will likely fuel further growth and blockchain adoption worldwide.