Using a familiar line from the late Steve Jobs, the head of Opera Software's Coast project Huib Kleinhout stated that Opera has ""cracked the code." Opera has supposedly cracked the code in delivering a new browser experience for iPad users. "This is not a mere mobile browser tweak, nor a scaled-down PC browser," states Kleinhout, "It is something new. Websites and apps today invite you to interact in new ways, but browser design for tablets has not pushed to liberate itself from the influence it has experienced from its computer and mobile phone cousins." Today, there are three alternative web browsers for iOS. However, ExtremeTech reminds us that Safari is the default browser, and we sadly can't change that without jailbreaking. Today, Opera offers all iPad users the ability to run their new "Coast" branded browser quick and easy without jailbreaking.
According to their official press release, "The result is a completely designed-for-iPad browser, subtly elegant, made to fit tablet users in every respect. Crafting Coast meant redesigning the complete experience. We focused on how iPad users actually interact with their tablets. Coast is the perfect companion for your iPad, allowing a more relaxing and lean-back browsing experience when you are on the go or just hanging out on the couch.
Old conventions are out with Coast: there is no URL field at the top of the screen, no back or forward buttons, no tabs and no bookmarks. Yet, it all flows naturally and blends into the use of the iPad."
Opera states that "The iPad is nearly buttonless. Elements such as back and forward buttons are gone from Coast. All navigation is done by swiping the way you naturally would on an iPad – just like in a good iPad app. A single button takes you to the home screen, and another shows the sites you have recently visited – that's about it for buttons in Coast.
Coast, is now available at the App Store.