Tumblr redesigns iPhone and iPad app for iOS 7

By , Nov 20, 2013

Tumblr 3.5 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 003)Tumblr 3.5 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 002)

Tumblr, the popular blogging platform that Yahoo acquired for north of $1 billion earlier in the year, has won me over with its sleek little iOS app.

I’m sure the millions of mobile bloggers would agree that Tumblr for iPhone lets really just about anyone publish their own news stories, images, videos and other content in just a few taps, without too much hassle or messing with complicated CMSs.

Though Tumblr wasn’t immediately updated for the new iOS 7 look following the software’s September 18 release, today’s refresh has seen to that. Tumblr for iPhone and iPad has been bumped to version 3.5 and the biggest news is of course the revamped user interface which now follows overall aesthetics and animations of Apple’s latest mobile OS.

As the saying goes, that’s not all for Tumblr now has a few new tricks up its sleeve that allow for even easier mobile blogging. As per usual, I’ve included a few nice screenies along with some highlights after the break…

The team says Tumblr is now noticeably faster and I can attest to that from first-hand experience. Both the post compose screen (depicted on the upper left screenie) as well as Dashboard have been completely revamped.

The Explore screen now features a line of animated hashtag topics at the top. Creating a post no longer requires a preview to get a sense what the published story will look like live because the composer adopts WYSIWYG principles, a Godsent treat on the iPad’s larger canvas.

Subtle iOS 7-like animations are all over the place. For example, the tab bar will expand outwards whenever a notification needs displaying. And when someone likes or reblogs your post, Tumblr will put up a nice in-app notification.

Post tagging is made easier with autocomplete for tags.

Many users don’t bother to apply any tags to their post and Tumblr’s improved search, which rolled out last month. This enhanced search coupled with autocomplete for tags may push those lazy Tumblr bloggers to reconsider their stance on tagging.

Tumblr 3.5 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 005)Tumblr 3.5 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 004)

You will also love that Tumblr now features the Activity stream prominently throughout the app via a dedicated tab along the bottom. Folks with multiple Tumblr blogs can now take advantage of a feature called Fast Reblog which will automatically publish your post to a secondary blog, as denoted by the blog’s in-app avatar icon.

Grid view for image or video posts has received a few visual tweaks for a much cleaner experience and there’s a new drop-down calendar for post scheduling.

Here’s your changelog for Tumblr version 3.5:

• Total Dashboard makeover
• New post compose screen
• New post chooser
• New fast reblog
• Tag autocomplete

The updated app is now in the App Store, grab it free!

The 7.8MB universal download requires an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad running iOS 7.

If you run a Tumblr blog, you’re definitely going to love this gorgeous new update.

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  • Pato111

    This site is so boring without related jailbreak news.

    • on3simpleclick

      Jailbreaks take months to be made, so of course there isn’t going to be any news about it until they release a jailbreak. iDownloadblog is about all things Apple & iDevice. Don’t like it? Don’t complain.

      • Bob

        You don’t really see as many people talking about jailbreaking anymore. We have most of the functions we jailbreaked for in iOS6 already in iOS7. We have awesome security features now as well so no need to install icaughtu or gotya anymore. We got Auxo for task switcher, we got iBlacklist to block calls, etc.

        The jailbreaking community plays a huge role in iOS development. I do however wish Apple compensated the original creators instead of just stealing their work, making modifications and profiting.

      • on3simpleclick

        I agree. The evolution of iOS & a lot of the new features can be attributed to a vast number of different jailbreak tweaks. Without Cydia developers coming up with creative things to implement within iOS, I don’t think iOS7 would be anything like it is today. Sadly, because Apple owns the platform & wouldn’t in a million years say that they took the idea’s from the Cydia, the only praise & money the developers receive are from all of us, the users.

      • Kenrick Fernandes

        i dont want to jailbreak anymore… but i’m willing to make an exception so that i can give money to the jailbreak developers and that’s the only reason why i would go back. Otherwise i’m decently ok with ios7 :)

    • chumawumba

      Wait till 7.1

  • Tamahome5555

    ‘ “Tumbler” now has a few new tricks up its sleeve ‘
    Tumblr*

    • http://www.idownloadblog.com/author/dujkan Christian Zibreg

      Thanks, fixed

  • Kenny Woodard

    Really.. iOS 7 running devices only?

    *sigh* the tumblr app on my iOS 6 has pretty much died. It doesn’t work anymore and I was hoping this update would fix it. But I’m sure as hell not upgrading to iOS 7 anytime soon.

    • Bob

      Just update already Kenny. You’ll love it. Unless you have a phone that doesn’t support iOS7?

      • Kenny Woodard

        I have an iPhone 4. It has had every beta and 2 versions of the official release of iOS 7. Yes I liked the look and feel, but it turned my phone into a brick. iOS 7 does not run good on any devices with less than a gig of RAM. Even my iPad mini was laggy and multitasking was crappy.

      • Carlos Gomes

        Have you tried the most recent update, Kenny?
        My iPad 3 got a bit laggy with iOS 7 and that update took care of that problem – partially.

      • Kenny Woodard

        Yeah partially isn’t gonna cut it sadly :’( iOS 6 just runs so much more smoothly on i4 and it’s a pain to downgrade back to iOS 6 from 7.

      • Kenny Woodard

        Plus iPad 3 has 1gb of ram.

      • Kenrick Fernandes

        He’s right carlos. My friend and my dad got the iphone 4 and i feel really bad for them. I have tried disabling most of the extra features for them on ios7 to speeden up their device, but anyone with a 4s/4 is screwed for life unless apple fixes the laggyness

      • mehrab

        4s is fine. iPads are laggy 4 is fine on 7.1

      • Dontwannaknow

        Try ios 7.1 beta, you’ll definitely love it. It’s way faster, smoother and more stable than all previous release. My ipad 3 was leggy line hell but now fast line new. Every animation is smooth and the brightens and wallpaper crash in previous is fixed. Since it’s beta, unknown bugs are expected but now I just love it.

    • on3simpleclick

      Kenny is waiting for another iOS6 JB like the rest of us ;)

      • Kenny Woodard

        Yup yup yup! Untethered 6.1.3.

      • on3simpleclick

        Preach it to the masses! Untethered 6.1.3!

        Though honestly, I would probably be just as happy with a tethered 6.1.3 jailbreak at the moment lol

      • Kenny Woodard

        There is a tethered 6.1.3

    • mehrab

      Ios 7.1 gives new life to the 4

      • Kenny Woodard

        That’s the first time I have heard that. There was nothing in the 7.1 change-log to suggest it either.

      • mehrab

        Watch on youtube ios 7.1 beta 1 iphone 4 just search that

      • Kenny Woodard

        I was just gonna do that, the questions remains tho.. Even if it runs better, is it worth not waiting for the 6.1.3 UT jb.

      • mehrab

        Idk i dont jb
        But the iphone 4 on ios 7 will be easily jailbroken the problems are with the a5″s and a6 chips and now the 64 bit a7

      • Kenny Woodard

        It does seem much more snappy in the video.. Gonna have to consider the upgrade now for sure.

      • mehrab

        And its just the beta 1 they”ll continue improving it

      • Kenny Woodard

        Thanks for the advice, I’m downloading it right now. I’ve always preferred the look and feel of iOS 7, but it was always way too slow to use. I’m glad that Apple has helped it.

  • serenissima

    No thoughts on the ‘forward’ button (the little arrow to email, message, etc) being moved to the top right-hand corner? I find it a huge inconvenience to have to scroll back up to forward a post, especially if it’s long written text or a vertical photo set.