The official Twitter app for iOS has just taken a big step. As succinctly mentioned on the service’s blog:
When you’re out and about, your phone probably isn’t always in front of you. It might be in your pocket or purse or on a table – perhaps with the screen off. We want to make sure you see important Tweets even when you’re not looking at Twitter at the moment.
Twitter v3.2′s biggest addition is the ability to receive push notifications for any tweets that mention you (@mentions), either by anyone or just tweets by those you follow. You can also choose to receive notifications when someone sends a direct message. Message notifications were already available with SMS and Twitter for Blackberry, though Android and Twitter for Windows Phone are the next inline to sport this ability.
Push notifications aren’t the only improvement for the latest version, the company has also enhanced more user interface elements to Retina display quality, improved the way shortened URLs are displayed, fixed reserved Twitter.com paths, resolved a connection error that occurred if your iDevice time is set incorrectly, and made it even easier to enable / disable geotagging your tweets.
I did notice that enabling push notifications seemed to automatically enable SMS notifications for the same types of tweets. Perhaps a fluke or I just overlooked something, however, if it happens to you and you’d like to disable the SMS notifications, head over to http://twitter.com/devices to manage that feature.
It wouldn’t seem right to forget about the iPad, and it most certainly didn’t happen. iPad users can now view inline photos and videos, manage saved searches, and access things easier with UI improvements.
Twitter is a universal app compatible with iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch running iOS 3.1 or later. You can download a copy of the official iOS client from the App Store now for absolutely free.
[Thanks for the tip @mattbanks]