AWT News Update: August 31, 2016

AWT News Update: August 31, 2016

The last day of August brings just a few stories for the AWT News Update:

  • CBS announces a new "commercial-free" tier for All Access, although viewers will be treated to some ads anyway...
  • Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 is temporarily being withheld from specific markets due to exploding battery pack issues. We talk abut those issues and another problem with the flagship phone.
  • Tapbots delivers a public beta of its new Pastebot for Mac
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Tweetbot 4 for iPad and iPhone arrives, bringing much iOS 9 joy

All is right with the world. It's October, the fourth quarter of the year has arrived, Halloween is on the way, the US football season is going strong, and soon the Major League Baseball's postseason will kick into gear. And even better, Tapbots has updated its Twitter client and it's amazing. Tweetbot 4 for iPad and iPhone (US$4.99 introductory price) brings a number of features that you're not going to find anywhere else.

There's bound to be some whining and complaining, because Tweetbot 4 is a new purchase for everyone, even those of you who have used Tweetbot for years. To me, spending $5 (or even the eventual price of $10) to get a huge update an app that I use many times daily is a bargain. Tweetbot 3 buyers will be able to get the updated app for $4.99 after the launch thanks to a special bundle.

Tweetbot 4 timeline and activity in landscape mode on an iPhone 6s Plus

Tweetbot 4 timeline and activity in landscape mode on an iPhone 6s Plus

So what's been added? How about:

  • Split View on newer iPads for multitasking (like browsing and blogging!)
  • Landscape View on iPad and iPhone, with two windows side by side on iPad or iPhone 6/6s Plus
  • Statistics and Activity views, which tell me I need to tweet more 
  • Quick reply from notifications
  • A night theme and a redesigned UI

and much more. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to install Tweetbot 4 on my iPad Air 2.