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Twitter for iOS update brings iPhone experience to iPad with responsive design

Ubiquitous microblogging service Twitter pushed out an update to its iOS app on Tuesday that features responsive design tweaks, meaning iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners will see a more uniform user experience across their devices.




As noted on Twitter's official blog, iPad users will be most affected by the update. Owners of Apple's tablet can now create and view tweets using Twitter's retooled quoting system, browse trending topics and visit product and place pages, among other features previously reserved for iPhone.

In implementing this new design philosophy, Twitter is concentrating on specific characteristics: device type, orientation, canvas, size class and typography.

The company explains the process further, saying it thinks of the app as a pyramid where most features respond automatically like content width adapting to text size changes. Some assets need to be modified, like header widths across different device screens, leaving only a handful of features to be completely rethought.

Using this new approach will allow Twitter's app to more readily conform to new devices, screen sizes and operating system capabilities. For example, it was a relatively simple process to build in support for iOS 9's new split-screen multitasking view for iPad.

Twitter for iOS comes in at 62.7MB and can be downloaded for free from the App Store.