Facebook and Twitter both released updates to their respective apps today, joining the iOS 7 release party. Neither app update could be portrayed as major, but there are some subtle changes that most users will appreciate.
Facebook gets a much needed refresh. The app icon hasn’t changed at all, but there are some notable changes within. The developers have gone with a completely flat blue for the top bar that is now clearly labeled as your ‘News Feed’. Requests, Messages and Notifications have been moved to a new Twitter-esque menu bar at the bottom.
A new search icon should make it easier to search your timeline. This replaces the old menu bar that had your favorites, pages, groups, apps and so on. The new version of Facebook for iOS 7 puts these into the ‘More’ section, again accessible from the bottom tabs.
While it isn’t radically different, the update works more like Twitter, which for me is a good thing. It’s easier to get around and the flat look is much more appealing.
On the topic of Twitter, the rapid succession of updates continue, this time with an app that has been optimized for iOS 7. Like Facebook, the Twitter app also sees the removal of gradients in the top menu bar. It also runs through the entire top of the screen, so it backdrops your carrier, time and battery menu. The resulting menu is larger, but but surprisingly more of your tweets are displayed. A new navigation element has been added for ‘Who to Follow’. From here you can find friends, browse categories or follow any of Twitter’s recommendations. This was available previously in the Discover tab.
The bottom menu bar is now flat black, replacing the previous gradient. Twitter’s new icon is simple, clean and reflects the design sensibilities of iOS 7.
Whether you are upgrading to iOS 7 or not, both of these software updates are recommended.