Twitter had begun rolling out a massive new design overhaul focused on consistency, which calling #letsfly, and is available now in a freshly updated Twitter for iPhone.
The #letsfly update aims to make your Twitter experience faster and simpler. Your main timeline is now called "Home" and your mentions are now "Connect" and they added a quick way to access hash tags and searches which is called "Discover". It certainly does look fresh and clean, and may be more accessible to new users.
On the down side, Direct Messages (DM's) have been buried under the "Me" tab, as has account switching. (Though you can swipe up to get DM's and left to switch accounts, slightly speeding up the process.)
Notably, this is the first major update since Loren Brichter -- the innovative developer behind the original Twitter for iPhone and Mac (called Tweetie before it was bought out) and iPad -- left Twitter a short time ago.
The #letsfly update for Twitter for iPhone is available now in the App Store.
Twitter’s iOS developer Loren Brichter has announced via a tweet on his personal account that he has just served his last day with the company. Loren Brichter was the lead developer for Twitter for iPhone and Twitter for iPad.
The folks over at Red Pepper Land came up with an ingenious way to get Siri to pour you a cold glass of beer, completely hands free, using Twitter, an Arduino controller and an R/C toy car. They call it Beeri, and I want it..
If you're new to iPhone or iPad and have just gotten started with iOS 5, you might be wondering how to set up the new Twitter integration feature. It gives you the ability to tweet directly from Photos, YouTube, Safari, Maps, and any other third party applications that request access to your twitter settings. It's also easy to set up. Here's how.
Apple hasn't (yet?) added posting to Twitter to the tricks in Siri's bag, but if all you want to do is tweet out a quick status, you can add it yourself.
It's simple: Navigate to Twitter from Mobile Safari, jump into the mobile settings panel and make sure you have your mobile phone number setup with the service. Twitter will then spit out a number for you to text message Twitter updates to. For confirmation's sake, send a quick status update to the number to make sure the text is pushed to your Twitter timeline.
The official Twitter app for iPhone and iPad received an update, today, that includes the ability to upload photos to Twitter's picture hosing services (pic.twitter.com) and a new UI for Direct Messages on the iPad.
Enhanced sign up experience
Upload photos to Twitter (pic.twitter.com)
Updated Direct Messages design on iPad
Tap a location on iPad to show Tweets nearby
Bug fixes and minor enhancements
Twitter is available on the iPhone and iPad for free.
Tweet Speaker is a new, unique Twitter app that reads tweets to you. This is a great way to stay current with Twitter during times that you can's look at your iPhone, like when driving, jogging, cleaning the house, or shopping. It's got a fantastic user interface, and integrates cutting edge voice technology that'ss really smart about expanding Twitter slang like RT into "retweet", and @ usernames into the associated real names.
You can hear the developer, David Barnard of App Cubby, talking all about it on the latest episode of our Iterate podcast.
Apple is now using Twitter to promote the United States version of their iBookstore. Apple already uses Twitter to promote content for App store apps, iTunes music, TV shows, and iTunes movies. Even though the iBookstore account was created quite some time ago, Apple appears to have just started utilizing the account.
The first tweet was actually sent out just today -
Welcome to the Apple #iBookstore on Twitter. Follow us to discover new releases, exclusive book offers, and more.