Twitter tool's tweet tweaks leaked to twits

New iPhone app curates, tries not to crash


Apple's App Store has accidentally whipped the covers off the new Twitter app for iPhone and revealed its features.

From the list of the updates, it promises to cram more videos and pictures into streams of tweets; curate related messages around special events; and bring in a more hyperactive notification system that warns when your favourite twits tweet too.

The good news is that performance and crash-fixing tweaks should improve what can be an unstable app.

The updates for version 4.3 were accidentally included in App Store's preview of iOS 6 - and were spotted by 9to5Mac.

The pushier notifications should make the software more addictive by constantly drawing your attention to it, and according to the release notes Twitter will "curate accounts and surface the best Tweets and photos from those involved" in special events.

The new Twitter logo. Pic: Twitter

The new logo

How these event-related messages will be selected is unknown, but Twitter's success has come from its emergence as the de facto place to bang out an opinion during unfolding drama - from traffic jams and telly shows to Apple launches - so it'll be interesting to see how they pull that off.

Certain usability tweaks will be welcome: such as autocomplete suggestions when searching for people and tappable avatars.

And finally, the new Twitter logo will be seen on software's icon and features a more enthusiastic looking bird, angled upwards and smiling slightly. ®

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