I'll admit it, I'm a HUGE Tweetie fan. The brains behind it? Loren Brichter.
What was arguably the most hyped twitter client, and what now is deemed to be the twitter client choice for iPhone, of many, Tweetie has been sitting pretty for a while now. After winning an Apple Design Award in 2009 for 'Outstanding Innovation and Design', Tweetie has gone from strength to strength. But it hasn't all been buttercups and roses. Lately, the word surrounding Tweetie was that it had fallen behind. It had become invisible, due to competition. It lacked the awesome'ness of this, and the necessity of that.
Today, this all changes. After teasing us for almost all of the day on Twitter, Loren finally came clean; announcing via his stream that Tweetie 2 for iPhone had been in development for some time, and that it would bring Tweetie back into the foreground again - for all of the reasons you fell in love with Tweetie 1.0.
Britcher explained that Tweetie 2 had been in beta for a few months now, and after 8 beta versions, the product originally codenamed 'Bigbird' throughout the beta phases was finally ready to be submitted to Apple.
In fact, it has been submitted... late last night. Britcher says the final version is ready, and he'll all being well submit the app later this week. We just have to hope Apple and it's seemingly temperamental approval process makes Tweetie 2's debut a quick a painless one.
So, what can you expect from this major update? Well, quite a lot actually. For starters you'll now find threaded conversations. Just like Tweetie for Mac, you'll be able to see just who thought your tweet was cool, what they said, and what other people said afterwards. Next? Tab bar notifications. Since the introduction of Tweetie for Mac, users of Tweetie really wanted to see this functionality comes to the iPhone. Now, it has. Saved searches. Not content with how they function now, in Tweetie 2 Britcher says saved searches will 'sync' back up to the upcoming Tweetie for Mac 2 desktop version.
Now come'on. Be honest. Were you a fan of the compose screen? Well, you might like it a little more now. In Tweetie 2 the compose screen has been completely overhauled. Adding options for an @people picker, recent hashtags, multiple attachments manager and a "peek" gesture for when replying to a tweet.
You'll also probably be glad to hear this version will support full landscape mode, and a load more features including: the ability to edit your own Twitter profile, vastly improved gesture shortcuts, in-app rich-text email, new-style retweet support (supposedly to support the upcoming Twitter update), the option to refresh-all on launch, TextExpander support, "read it later" integration, auto-complete recent searches, auto-complete go-to-user, improved avatar caching, inline Twitlonger, reply chain list view, preview short urls, tweet translation and the ability to block and follow from multiple accounts, at once.
There is one tiny niggle, and that is Tweetie 2 will be an entirely new app to what will now be referred to as Tweetie 1. Although, you won't have to pay through your nose to get it. In fact, quite the opposite!
In his own words:
"Making a “2.0” could have been easy. I could have changed the version number, added video tweeting and called it a day. Other apps call that “2.0” - I think it’s lame. Tweetie 1 set a new standard for Twitter clients and iPhone apps in general. It proved that you didn’t have to sacrifice intuitiveness for functionality. Today we have iPhone OS 3.0, 3GS, and new Twitter APIs. Tweetie 2 is built from the ground up to take advantage of these fantastic new technologies.
Tweetie 2 for Mac will be a completely free upgrade. (So if you haven’t already grabbed a license, feel free to do so). On the other hand, Tweetie 2 for iPhone will be a whole new app. And while it’s arguably worth a lot more, I’m keeping the price exactly the same: $2.99."
Hopefully if Britcher is lucky, we could see Tweetie 2 hit the App Store inside 2 weeks, but I wouldn't hold your breath on that. All we can rest on is that it will soon be in submission, and it's fate will rest solely in the hands of Apple. I for one, can't wait to get my hands on this.