Twitter has released an updated version of its free app that includes specific compatibility for the iPad, a long-awaited update finally available after the first version for the iPhone became available in May. The universal app hit the App Store late last night and has been the source of a lot of conversation on the internet given its unique interface on the iPad.
On the iPhone, Twitter’s interface has not changed significantly. On the iPad, it’s a whole different ball of wax. Twitter highlights some of the new interface elements in its blog, talking about the new panes, the display of media, and two-finger gestures.
When you click on a tweet, a new pane appears to the right showing the tweet and automatically opening any URL within the tweet below. This pane can easily be slid out of the way by swiping to the right so you can continue scrolling through your timeline in the previous pane, which is particularly handy if you’re waiting for a video to load in the new pane and want to continue browsing through other tweets.
Using two fingers to drag downward on an individual tweet will expand the view to show any replies made to that tweet.
The following YouTube video demonstrates the app’s new interface elements:
We’ve used most of the major Twitter apps available so far and while some aspects of the updated Twitter app are definitely different, we’re warming up to it pretty quickly and think that it will become our iPad Twitter app of choice. Since the app is free, there’s no loss if you try it out and don’t like it and we recommend that you at least give it a whirl.