Twitter for iOS 6.0 adds swipable timelines, photos in direct messages

Twitter for iOS received a major update today, moving to version 6.0 with a refreshed design and some new tricks. The two major changes in the design are the new navigation bar and addition of the Activity and Discover timelines, accessed by swiping through the Timelines tab. Direct messages have also been moved to the navigation bar for easy, one-tap access from anywhere in the app.

Speaking of direct messages, they are now capable of handling photos. Simply tap the the photo icon next to the compose window, then either select the photo you want or tap the camera icon in the upper left corner of the gallery. This refresh of DMs lines up with recent reports about a renewed focus on the feature.

There are other, smaller changes with Twitter 6.0. You can now choose to see replies, retweets, and favorites from only people that you follow. Search is also easier, letting you find tweets from people you follow and those around you from search results. Finally, Twitter for iOS now lets you save items to read later in Safari's Reading List.

You can download the update from the App Store now.