Twitter For iPhone App Aka Tweetie 3.0 - Just as we suspected late last night, Twitter removed Tweetie 2 for the App Store yesterday to make room for the newly rebranded “Twitter for iPhone.” It’s there right now in the App Store, labeled as simply “Twitter” — but you can’t download it just yet, as it’s likely still in the process of being put up.
Without being able to see the app just yet, the thing that immediately jumps out is that it’s labeled as “Version 3.0″ — this suggests there will be some upgrades (beyond just the name) from Tweetie 2 (which, of course, was version 2.0). That said, Twitter for iPhone is actually smaller in file size than Tweetie 2 was (2.4 MB versus 2.8 MB), so I’m not sure what that means. That also doesn’t seem to bode well for the possibility that an iPad version of the app is included.
The reason Tweetie is becoming “Twitter for iPhone” is because Twitter bought the company behind it, Atebits, in April. Tweetie 2 is widely considered to be the best Twitter iPhone app, and Twitter wanted one app to point to for all those people searching the App Store looking for an official way to use Twitter on the iPhone. For Android and BlackBerry, they opted to make their own apps from scratch.
While Twitter for iPhone doesn’t show up in searches of the App Store yet, you can find it in the App Updates area of iTunes if you have Tweetie 2 on your system (though you still can’t download it yet). When it does go live, the (newly free) app can be found here.
Update: MacStories is saying that some international users have been able to download the app successfully. Feel free to send in pictures if you’re able to!
Official Twitter for iPhone app is finally here (techtree)
The best Twitter app for iPhone is now completely free.
After a fairly long wait, the Twitter for iPhone app is finally here. Yes, it is the same Tweetie 2 app that we all know and love and is now rebranded as ‘Twitter for iPhone’ after Twitter acquired Tweetie, which was originally developed by Loren Brichter (@atebits on Twitter).
The new application is currently only available on the New Zealand App Store, and will soon be available for other Stores around the world. Screenshots from the New Zealand Store suggest that the application is visually identical to Tweetie 2 (which is not surprising since they are actually the Tweetie 2 screenshots, which they haven’t bothered to update). This is ,of course, a good thing as Tweetie 2 was one of the best looking apps on the iPhone. We are actually glad Twitter did not redesign it to look like their apps for BlackBerry or Android platforms.
Twitter for iPhone is, as promised, completely free of charge. In comparison, Tweetie 2 was priced at $2.99 on the US Store. We wouldn’t be surprised that Twitter for iPhone becomes the Top App on the App Store the way Opera Mini did a while back. As far as the other Twitter apps on the Store are concerned, they are all but doomed now.