Twitter for iPhone (revamped profiles 002)

Twitter, the popular micro-blogging service, is rolling out a brand new profile experience on Twitter for iPhone, in addition to another cool new feature — support for interactive notifications for incoming tweets on iOS 8 devices — the startup announced in a blog post Thursday.

While the new profiles will be available for everyone using iOS 7 or above, the ability to interact with alerts on the Lock and Home screen is not because this capability is part of the great new features available only in iOS 8.

Twitter’s interactive notifications on iOS 8 allow you to retweet, favorite, follow and more.

You can interact with incoming alerts by swiping down on the banner anywhere on your iPhone, or directly on the Lock screen — if you have iOS 8, of course.

My only gripe with this feature is the fact that these interactions are actually simple shortcuts to a tweet or a profile inside the Twitter app so you can’t really reply to a tweet from the notification without being taken to the reply screen in Twitter for iPhone.

Here’s a look at interactive notifications in Twitter, via MacStories editor Federico Viticci.

Twitter for iPhone (interactive notifications, MacStories screenshot 001)

As for Twitter’s “biggest update to profiles to date”, the changes the team has made mostly focus on your bio, tweets and photos, as seen below. I must admit I’m really liking the new-look profiles. Not only is the new design much easier on the eyes on a tiny smartphone screen, I also get to see more of what matters to me about a person when I’m checking out their bio page.

Twitter for iPhone (revamped profiles 001)

Previously, you had to swipe on the profile page to access stuff like the timelines for Tweets, photos and favorites, but not anymore. Here, check out the Twitter-provided animated GIF below which highlights some of the marque new features of its revamped profiles.

Twitter for iPhone (interactive notifications, animation 001)

The new buttons for tweets, favorites and photos on a person’s profile page are really helpful, especially combined with an endlessly scrolling feed in each section.

”Featuring a fresh design, the updated profiles focus on your bio, Tweets and photos, making it easy for you to get a glimpse into the people you care about on Twitter,” wrote the firm.

It wasn’t unfortunately immediately clear when these cool new features might trickle down to Twitter for iPad.

Twitter has been testing a Buy button in tweets (not to be confused with the #AmazonCart functionality) and ‘Promoted Video’ advertisements in timelines for months now. And just recently, the startup has implemented support for animated GIFs on both Twitter.com and in the iOS apps.

Twitter for iPhone is available free in the App Store.

[Twitter Blog via MacStories]

  • Straw hat

    Lol OMG Christian. Your articles making me want iOS 8. What should i do?

    • Ian Leon

      doooo iiiiiit

    • You should definitely get it. Unless you have an iPhone 4s…

      • Waleed

        Unless you are jailbroken !
        #personal #experience

    • Ian Leon

      theyre already working on a jailbreak!!! doooo iiiiit

      • The fact that they’ve only just started working on a jailbreak suggests it’ll be a while. If you value your jailbreak there’s no point updating just yet (unless it’s just to try iOS 8 out since at the moment it is still possible to downgrade)…

      • Ian Leon

        good to know

    • Ian Leon

      iOS 8 has more custom keyboards and widgets than cydia….. dooooo iiiiiiit

    • Ian Leon

      or wait until they release sms relay and the other cool stuff …

    • Ian Leon

      YOLO

  • Waleed

    I really like the new profile layout !

    • Ian Leon

      HA!

  • Just got the update, and it runs perfectly 🙂

    And I’m digging the new look for profiles.

    • Rowan09

      How long did it take you? It will take me an average of 28 hrs, through iTunes and Safari.

      • For iOS 8, I have a developer account with Apple so I already had it last week.

        I was actually referring to the Twitter app update.

      • Rowan09

        Oh ok

  • iNeedANameHere

    Waiting for the TweetBot iOS 8 update…

    • Ian Leon

      ive been waiting for things 3 since iOS 7 and its still nowhere close

  • Ian Leon

    The main menu of iDB still says iOS 7

  • Stephen Hagans

    This was one I can definitely see the value in from a user standpoint but from a developer I can also see how one might want the user to go into their app and not bypass it.

  • MagicWizardStuff

    Strange, Australian App Store Twitter Update just says Minor Improvements.. No new profile and no iOS8 Support for Interactive Notifications. Which is odd considering both updates are 6.13.3 but yet mine possess no such “new features”.

    • Josh Shaver

      mine either

  • roygelbart

    why doesn’t mine look like this after updating? still the same older look

  • Mr.Coolfreak

    I don’t think third party apps are allowed to have quick reply by swiping down on on banner

  • Beta382

    >My only gripe with this feature is the fact that these interactions are actually simple shortcuts to a tweet or a profile inside the Twitter app so you can’t really reply to a tweet from the notification without being taken to the reply screen in Twitter for iPhone.

    Blame Apple. The Messages QR interactive notification isn’t available to anything else. Literally all that 3rd party apps can do is add buttons.

    • Tony Trenkle Jr.

      Really? That’s kinda messed up..

  • Un lecteur quotidien

    Interactive notifications don’t works on my iPhone 5s. How to fixe this?

  • GuyBey0ndC00L

    Not working for me. Opens the app when I try to reply