Despite Twitter’s best efforts at crippling third-party apps, the sheer awfulness of the company’s own first-party apps means that many will continue to lean towards apps like Tweetbot, a popular iOS and Mac app that has been around for many a year. Tweetbot today received a large update for iPhone and iPad, with developer Tapbots releasing Tweetbot 5.0 to the world. The update is available as a free download for existing Tweetbot owners, or $4.99 for those who have yet to purchase.

The update itself brings with it plenty of changes that I think you’re going to love, mainly because I know that I do. Top of the list has to be a redesigned interface that, while not a huge departure from the Tweetbot we are familiar with, does add some polish to many areas within the app. Tweetbot has always been a good-looking app, but version 5.0 is the best yet.

The new release also brings support for GIFs in the compose view thanks to GIPHY integration, which will be a great addition for those who like to converse in GIFs rather than actual words. A new dark theme that is optimized for OLED displays will also be well received, as will auto video playback from within the timeline, although this can be disabled by those who don’t like it.

Other additions include new haptic feedback, another feature that seems to be something many apps are adding of late – Overcast is another app to do something similar.

The full list of additions in Tweetbot 5 reads:

– GIF support in compose view (Powered by Giphy).
– Redesigned profiles.
– Redesigned tweet status details.
– New iconography and app icon.
– Optimized dark theme for OLED displays.
– Support for haptic feedback.
– Auto video playback in the timeline (which can be disabled in the settings).
– Ability to add descriptions to images when composing.

Tweetbot is a big favorite amongst the Redmond Pie team, and if you haven’t yet tested it out, now is a great time to give it a chance.

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