New Twitter iPhone App Released with Revised Interface


Twitter has announced a new version of its iPhone app today, as announced today at their ‘Come See What We’re Building’ press conference, live-blogged by TechCrunch. Within the announcements, Jack Dorsey revealed twitter integration within iOS 5 has resulted in an 25% increase of sign ups globally, and now more than 250 million tweets are sent daily.

The new iPhone app looks completely different than the previous version of twitter, based on the design of Loren Brichter’s Tweetie (he left Twitter back in early November). The updated app takes cues from the mobile version of twitter, for a unified experience. Gone is the ‘swipe to reveal’ for quick replies, direct messages have moved to the profile screen, and a new simpler interface. Along the bottom, we now have Home, Connect (@), Discover (#), and Me.



The app feels completely different from the old version of Twitter, and early hands-on has led me to feel indifferent about the change. It seems this app is just so darn simple, it will push others to go elsewhere for more advanced twitter clients such as SimplyTweet or Tweetbot. It is disappointing that the update removes the awesome free features from Tweetie. Do not update if you love the existing Twitter app!

Click here to download Twitter–it’s free. Even though I already had it installed, the new update didn’t show up in the App Store under ‘Updates’. I had to search and install it.

Let me know what you think of the update.


  • Daniel

    Tweetbot is still hands down the best Twitter app on the market. No other app has mute filters! There’s a reason why Apple chose it as one of the best social networking app of 2011!

  • Kevin

    the update makes it more inconvenient to switch over to other accounts. and i noticed the lock/private account icon is gone now.  this app does feel to run smoother than the previous. i too miss the updates feeds.

  • Kevin

    omg the new twitter also took out the ‘translate’ feature.

  • Love the new look!

  • cwh

    Didn’t know about the removal of the “swipe to reveal”. I would have stayed on the older version. Nice new layout but swipe to reveal keeps it simple without going into the tweet itself, deal breaker for me.

  • Josephinechan

    I don’t like the new version.  If I follow someone and that person tweets something, I want to be able to see that person’s @ replies.  With the old twitter app version you could see that person’s @ replies very easily but I can’t figure out how to do that with the new update.  I switched over to Tweetbot and now I use Tweetbox everyday.