Back in April we heard that Tweetie 2, the Apple Design Award winning Twitter app was purchased by Twitter and would eventually become the official Twitter for iPhone app. As part of the purchase, Loren Brichter (the guy behind Atebits and Tweetie) would be joining the Twitter team as well. We didn’t know the timing of the new app release but the Tweetie iTunes page was updated to indicate that potential customers may want to wait for the official Twitter version since it would be free (Tweetie 2 was 2.99), to be released soon. That day has come, finally.
There has been a lot of anticipation for the official Twitter app for iPhone and when news broke of it’s release late last night (18th) it got the tech blogosphere active. However, it took until today about an hour or so ago before you could find and download the app in the U.S. iTunes Store.
For all those that have been holding off in buying Tweetie 2 because you knew that an official free version was coming now’s your time to head over to the app store and pick it up. Screen shots to follow below:
IM+ All-In-One Messenger by Shape Services is likely the best IM client for the iPhone that’s in the app store. First launched back in November, IM+ has lead the pack with features and integration into pretty much every IM protocol out there including Twitter and Skype. Bringing all these services into a single app, with push notifications is awesome. The latest update also added Twitter DM messages into the mix as well.
I’ve been using IM+ for a while now and while it is the most expensive messaging app that I could find, there’s a pretty good reason for it. IM+, along with integration to all of the popular protocols, is a very polished and complete app. The following features are included:
- The widest support of IM networks including Twitter and Skype chat
- Apple Push notifications for all supported networks. Stay online even when IM+ is closed
- Twitter: View friends’ timeline, favorites, direct messages and replies
- Send voice messages as MP3 files – yes, playable back on any Mac, PC or mobile
- Send photos
- Send video on iPhone 3G S
- Send Geo-location
- Use custom status messages including Geo-status
- Use cool wallpapers from your Photo library or from IM+ in your chat windows
- Full emoticons support
- Avatar support
- Embedded browser
- Multi-lingual support. Chat in any language supported by your iPhone/iPod Touch
- Landscape mode convenient typing
The only drawback that I can find or think or with IM+ is the steep price. Shape Services have been experimenting with pricing (we’ve seen the app between $0.99 and $9.99) over the months. The current price is $9.99 so it is possible to wait and get it cheaper. However, if you’re looking to the ultimate in iPhone chat clients then this is it. No matter what you pay for it, if you use IM a lot then you will get your money’s worth out of this app.
Developer’s Website: http://www.shapeservices.com/