While it’s not the game-changing update that was rumored, Twitter has just unveiled version 6.0 of its official app for iOS devices.

In a direct swipe at popular Snapchat, Twitter app users can now share and view photos via direct message. A new tab in the navigation bar also makes direct messages easier to access.

And along with a refreshed UI, the Home, Activity, and Discover parts of the app are now available by swiping in a home timeline.

Users can also select to view replies, retweets, and favorites from only the people that they follow.

In the search results, users can access tweets from people they follow and near their location. Finally, articles can be saved to read later with support for Safari Reading List.

A universal app designed for the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad/iPad mini, Twitter can be downloaded now in the App Store for free.

For more information about the update, you can head on over to Twitter’s official blog.

Reports also surfaced back in October that Twitter was planning to introduce a separate direct messaging app. But I suspect, with today’s update, that Twitter plans to take on messaging services by adding more features to its already well-designed app.