Tweetbot 4 activity stats

At long last, Tapbots’ widely expected update to Tweetbot, its popular mobile Twitter client, has gracefully landed on the App Store. Twitter 3 for iPhone, which was last updated in July 2015, and Twitter for iPad, an outdated app that saw its last refresh back in June 2014, are no longer available for download in the App Store. Replacing them is Tweetbot 4, a universal app supporting any iPhone, iPod touch and iPad with iOS 9.0 or later.

Tweetbot 4 packs a bevy of new features like Quick Reply from notification banners, landscape support, revamped profile views, split-screen multitasking on iPads, Activity and Statistics analysis and much more.

Tweetbot 4 is a $4.99 download for both new and existing customers.

The user interface has been cleaned up and streamlined for unified appearance across your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad device. In addition to landscape support on all form-factor iOS devices and being a universal binary, the new Tweetbot introduces all-new Statistics and Activity views.

Tweetbot 4 photo profile

Statistics and Activity views

These new modes were designed to give you a better idea of how trending your tweets are and how many new followers you get each day. And if you’re on Wi-Fi and not cellular, you can even watch your tweets get faved, retweeted, mentioned and quoted in real time, as well as see your daily global activity graph grow over the last 7 days.

Landscape mode

Turn your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad upside down and Tweetbot 4 enters a nicely designed column view, which puts your list, search result, mentions, statistics or activity stream in a single column.

Tidbits

Other parts of the app have been rethought, redesigned and moved around, too. For instance, mute filters now provide more granular settings and you can now reply to direct mentions and other Twitter notifications by pulling down on Tweetbot’s notification banner to reveal the text input field (similar to Quick Reply for Messages).

Tweetbot 4 for iOS teaser 002

User profiles and status details have been redesigned and, yes—Tweetbot supports iOS 9’s new Split View multitasking mode on the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4.

Oh, and the app bakes in full support for external keyboard shortcuts in Tweetbot 4 for iPad, allowing you to bring up an overlay listing all of the available shortcuts based on the view you’re in.

Tweetbot 4 for iOS iPad screenshot 001

For a fully comprehensive overview of everything that’s new in Tweetbot 4, I couldn’t recommend more MacStories editor Federico Viticci’s detailed review.

Tweetbot 4 highlights

The following changes and new features are available in Tweetbot 4:

  • iPad support (Universal)
  • Landscape support on iPhone and iPad
  • New Statistics and Activity view.
  • New Column view in landscape on iPad and the iPhone 6 Plus
  • Split View multi-tasking on iPad
  • More granular mute filter settings
  • Quick Reply from notifications
  • Safari view controller with support for content blockers
  • Improved user profiles
  • Improved status detail
  • Refreshed user interface
  • Many optimizations ender the hood

Other notable features include:

  • Support for 3rd party services
  • Add multiple accounts
  • Powerful mute filters
  • Push notifications
  • Customizable navigation (iPhone)
  • Save and edit tweet drafts
  • Edit and view lists
  • Wi-Fi timeline streaming
  • Timeline sync across multiple devices
  • Send images in direct messages
  • Night theme for low-light reading
  • Smart gestures to quickly access tweet details, reply, retweet and favorite.
  • Status display customization

In addition to Tweetbot 4, Tapbots is currently working on a Tweetbot 2.1 for Mac update which includes various updates to match the features found in Tweetbot 4.0 for iOS.

Tweetbot 4 teaser 001

Availability

Tweetbot 4 requires an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with iOS 9.0 or later. The app is English-only so non-US customers may need to change their regional preference in Settings to United States.

Tweetbot 4 is $4.99 in the App Store, a fifty percent launch discount valid for a limited time. Again, there is no free upgrade path for existing customers.

  • rosssimpson

    Not out yet! Can’t see it here in the UK, none of the Tweetbots for that matter!

    • John

      it’s odd how i can’t see all apps here is aus either

  • Why don’t they make it a free update for people who purchased Tweetbot 3?

    • askep3

      Especially since there’s pretty much no changes on the iPhone other than a couple animations, color changes, and profile view. It should have been maybe a 1 or 2 dollar upgrade at most for iPhone users.

      • Elias Chao

        Then don’t buy it. Tweetbot 3 is working as supposed.

      • askep3

        True, but I heard if you delete it you can’t re-download it?

      • Darthque

        I think You should be able to redownload it in the “purchased” section.

      • Elias Chao

        I read from @tapbots_paul that this seems to be an AppStore bug… Or Apple changed the way they manage previous versions on the store.

      • askep3

        Well this isn’t the next version of the app right? They took down the old one and released this one as a new app with the number 4 on it

      • Elias Chao

        I believe this situation is already solved :p

      • Darthque

        Oops

      • askep3

        Oh ok, thanks!

    • Agreed and failing this an AppStore upgrade bundle for reduced pricing would be nice.

      To be honest though I’m probably going to continue using Twitterrific. It has an Apple Watch app which Tweetbot doesn’t have and I’ve grown accustomed to it over time since we’ve been waiting so long for a Tweetbot update.

    • Guy

      I was thinking the same thing. We’re getting ripped off.

    • reloadux

      Yeah. I’m not buying this app for a third time.

  • besrate hogsa

    No tweetbot 3 in the appstore
    NO tweetbot 4

  • Johnny Bravo

    This is absurd to think that I would shell out another 4.99 for minor updates. Guess I’ll be using Twitterific and Twitter going foward

  • Buck

    Ugh – iOS 9 only and the old version is removed?

    Ridiculous. The entire world doesn’t necessarily feel the need to rush to the latest iOS bugfest instantly. 🙁

  • Are you serious? ANOTHER $4.99 for existing users?! I switched to the official twitter app after months without updates and I’m glad I did. It’s caught up and passed the once all-mighty Tweetbot in the feature department, and I’m glad I switched. This just justifies my switch.

  • JRaynor

    Really tapbots?

    1. Paying 4.99 at 50% off !!! once again when tweetbot 3 is almost year and a half if i’m not mistaken
    2. No support from Spanish when the old tweetbot have it
    3. Now removeing tweetbot 2 and 3 from the purchase list so if you deleted no more for you unless you pay

    I’m out to either twitterific or the official client

  • Anmol Malhotra

    Instant buy for me. Loving it so far!

  • Eikast

    This is outrageous to charge customers yet again…Despite saying that I just purchased it -_-. Hopefully Tweetbot 5 won’t be released for at least another 2 years.

    • Anmol Malhotra

      I feel sad for you. You can contact the devs and show them the date on which you purchased TB 3 if you bought it recently. Maybe they will give you a promo code for TB 4.

      • Eikast

        Thanks for the sympathy. I bought it around when Tweetbot 3 came out. I’m just not a huge fan of re-releasing apps so many times. I assume that it may have to be due to the shitty limit that Twitter places on third party apps and tokens for authentication. So I guess we should be angry at Twitter.

      • Brandon

        The usual excuse from Tapbots is “it was a lot of work”

      • Guy

        Dude why go through all that trouble. That’s what in app purchases are for. Which the Tweetbot developers know and are not doing. This should be a free upgrade for Tweetbot 3 users.

  • Brandon

    are you kidding me? im not purchasing Tweetbot for a THIRD time.

    • Anmol Malhotra

      why?

      • Picapollo

        Because we paid for it already! Self-explanatory ? Don’t you think…

      • Anmol Malhotra

        give me a valid reason for why?
        Not this moaning reason.

      • Pretty much zero improvements over TB3 and I believe they pushed out like 2-33 minor updates for TB3, just to release another minor update but call it TB4 and charge $4.99.
        I’m just glad I find all social media for children nowadays because they privacy intrusive sites like FB or Twitter are just boring anyway. I’m 5 years past caring what all my friends are doing ALL THE TIME. lol

      • jakeopp

        Because free apps exist that provide the same thing basically

      • ericesque

        Guess it depends on how you look at it. See, the developer (and your iTunes receipt) says you paid for Tweetbot 2 and 3. For people that make good use of the app, $5 every year or two isn’t really all that much to ask — Less than 50 cents a month.

        If you don’t use the app that much, or simply don’t value the new features, you could certainly continue using Tweetbot 3. OR other Twitter apps may suit your needs better now.

      • Brandon

        except i didnt use the apps because after a few months theyre hopelessly outdated and filled with bugs that go unfixed. To this day, I havent had functioning galleries in Tweetbot 3 since launch.

      • ericesque

        What you describe is certainly an awful experience. I wouldn’t pay for an app update if I had that kind of experience either.
        I’ll add that my response was targeted more at Picapollo, who seemed to think it was simply unfair to have to pay for new versions.

      • Francisco Estrada

        totally agree

      • Brandon

        I paid $5 for Tweetbot 2, paid $3-$5 for Tweetbot 3 which had essentially no feature updates and barely worked in the past 6 months. I’m not paying even more money to support a developer that thinks its ok to leave people hanging with a barely functioning app so he can make Tweetbot 4 to charge for basic fixes and features everyone develops as free updates to loyal customers

      • This is totally spot on accurate!

  • Brandon

    “Other notable features include” shit you’ve already paid for!

  • I never bought Tweetbot 3 for iOS (I bought Tweetbot for Mac though…)…only because I saw that the developers never pushed out updates since like June or July, while the official Twitter application was getting bug fixes and new features…

    The fact that TapBots doesn’t just update its current application and just pushes out a new version that everyone has to pay for AGAIN, makes me not want to support them further…they are stealing money right from our pockets..

    So glad I didn’t pick up Tweetbot for iOS

  • leart

    still this look better 😀

    • Nathan

      iOS 6 was the best.

  • B.A.M.F.

    im still waiting for them to update the price to show the 50% off…..

    OH WAIT!!! its 50% of 10 DOLLARS?!?!?!? HAHAHA…. yeah i dont think so tapbots!

    Sorry but i will not be making this purchase… i paid for the 2nd and 3rd one but this time its not going to happen! The fact that they dont hardy support the 3rd one is reason enough for me to pass…. Sorry guys, not this time!

  • Cristian B

    Unless you have an iPad, I don’t see a point of getting this if you have tweet bot 3

  • Hugo Valdez

    Total BS to charge current customers. I’ve had Tweetbot since the first version came out. *Free* Twitter App here I come!

  • James

    someone please gift it to me 😉

  • Glad there’s finally an update for iPad, but still waiting on an Apple Watch app.

    • You’ll have to wait until Tweetbot5 and it’ll cost you another $9.99! ha Such bs!

  • Noohar

    Lol…scam App?

    • Ángel Javier Esquivel

      Yep lol

  • GadgetQueenn

    It being Universal is value enough for me. Though I’ve almost officially moved on to the official Twitter app. I’m still wiling to give Tweetbot yet another chance, so I bought the app, though I haven’t a single device running iOS 9. Had to buy it from my computer.

    • You should have just taken a $5 bill and flushed it down the toilet because that sure sounds like what you just did.

      • GadgetQueenn

        I guess if supporting a dev is wasting money, then so be it.

    • igorsky

      Being able to use ad-blockers while browsing within Tweetbot makes it worth it for me.

      This crying about $4.99 (the cost of a latte) is comical to me. I purchased Tweetbot 3 and used it pretty much every day for 2 years…seems like a whole bunch of you don’t understand the concept of “return on investment”. Also how naive are some of you to expect lifetime updates for your measly $5 investment. Grow up.

  • rosssimpson

    I’m appalled that Tweetbot 3 has been removed from my purchased tab let alone the app store. So now that I’ve had my iPhone 6 Plus replaced under Apple Care, I can’t re-download it after I was running it on my original 6 plus! Shocking!

    • Mr_Coldharbour

      I completely agree with you. I almost feel as if Tapbots is trying to “pull a fast one” on us, not pleased by this at all! Though I have a solution if you’re trying to re-download TB3 on your new phone, if you’ve already backed up the app to your iTunes, just plug your phone in iTunes and drag the app to your phone. It should appear with no problems. I did this when Flappy Bird was pulled from the App Store. Give it a try.

  • Mr_Coldharbour

    I find this appalling, I understand that you feel the need to charge for an update (it’s a slight refinement of the already great TB3, at most, not even an update), but to pull older versions from the App Store and our Purchases tab, like we never paid for it…I find this disingenuous of Tapbots. Glad I back up my purchases to my Mac and can always put them back on any device if I need to. Did the same with Flappy Birds when it was pulled.

    • GadgetQueenn

      And that’s why I advise users to periodically backup apps to iTunes. You never know when an app will just *suddenly* disappear.

      • Mr_Coldharbour

        I have a good habit of doing manual backups to iTunes of purchases and the like. Though we STILL paid for TB3 and TB2 for that matter, to have them just disappear from the store AND our Purchases tab. One still owns/possesses said purchase and it shouldn’t just be wiped away from existence.

      • You own a license to use an app and by the sounds of things that license has expired. You never really “own” an app or song or movie, etc unless there is no copyright on the media in question.

      • rosssimpson

        There was no where to be seen a section mentioning an end date when my ‘licence’ will run out and that I will have to re-purchase the app again?

      • Technically speaking it’s not expired, if you have the .ipa file then you can still use the app. Developers or Apple have the right to remove apps from the AppStore whenever they want though…

      • Mr_Coldharbour

        Then by the sounds of that, Tapbots has waived the right to own/keep whatever amount it was that people paid for TB3. People paid for this not long ago for God’s sake (barely 2 years ago). You can’t just put something on a shelf, have someone pay for it, then you try and claim that item from that shelf only to discover that it has been pulled off from that shelf with a “newer” more expensive version. And you have to pay for it again. If it was temporarily removed from the App Store, that’s fine, but to completely wipe it off like it never existed, is rather pushing it to say the least.

      • Guy

        I do the samething cause you never know

  • TapBots is Taylor Swift in the developers world.

  • nyangejr

    We have to pay again.

  • TKay

    The fact, that they removed Tweetbot 3 even for those who bought it, is infuriating. I PAID FOR THAT APP AND NOW I CAN’T REDOWNLOAD IT. It’s not under “Purchases”. It’s gone. We are forced to update and pay the 5 bucks. Why is iDownloadBlog so silent about this. Are you afraid of critizing a developer?

  • Noohar

    Irrespective of all the negativity of needing to repurchase the App these guys are coining it!

  • I’ll wait for someone to upload it to HiPStore to try it first.
    I’ve bought every version of this and to be perfectly honest, Twitter’s official client is just perfect. The only thing it doesn’t really do that I’d like it to do us having a mute feature for single words.
    The app looks amazing and performs amazing. I can’t say much about tweetbot anymore since I haven’t used it in months

  • Guy

    I bought the first Tweetbot, Tweetbot 3 and even the Mac versions . This should be a free upgrade for Tweetbot 3 users.

  • Guy

    No buying Tweetbot for the 3rd time. I bought the Mac versions too. Might just delete them all. The ripping people off.

  • jakeopp

    $5? Looks like I’ll be staying with twitterific on my iPad, not paying that for what seems to be a minor update. Purchased TB 2&3 but i’ve been using twitterific for a while on my iPad (since iPad support disapeared for what seemed like years) and really don’t see any reason to switch back to tweetbot at this cost

  • Elias Chao

    The iPad version alone worth the buy. Just saying.

    • Ian

      Was gonna but my iPad still on iOS 8 so I have one jailbreak device so can’t benefit

    • ProllyWild

      I’ll agree that’s the only real benefit is the iPad/iPhone landscape mode.

  • 5ingularity

    $10.00 for a twitter client. What year is this?

  • Darthque

    I gladly paid $5 and would have paid full price. I think a beautifully designed and functional app is worth a F’ing cup of coffee. Especially considering the coffee has huge profit margins and take less work.

  • …. H & M….

    They always do this. I am against pirating but companies with such business model should only be pirated. You were my favorite Tweetbot, now die in hell!

  • Linton Findlay

    Rediculous then you have freemium apps like twiteriffic that do as good if not better job as a Twitter client!

  • tunutsaigon

    I paid for TB2, paid for TB3. Now they want me to cash out one more time for TB4? Thanks, but no thanks. I’ll pass!

  • Michael

    Purchased the app around 4 days ago and I now have to shell out another £3.99 for the update….This is hilarious and utter BS.

  • Mustang5Oh

    I have loved Tweetbot for years and have paid for each version I’ve been required but enough is enough. I have plenty of other paid apps that continue to update and give me those updates for free. It’s beyond crazy to release minimal updates that the official Twitter app has had for a bit now and charge $4.99 and then tell us that’s 50% off….so $10 for Tweetbot 3 with a few new things?! Sorry but goodbye Tweetbot and hello Twitter app. I’m actually quite pleased with how great the official Twitter app has gotten recently.