Iconfactory’s Twitterrific has been out for quite some time, but it’s seeing an bump in sales thanks in part to the introduction of iOS 7. While there are hundreds of thousands of apps in the App Store, the design elements found in Twitterific allow users to get a preview of what’s coming when iOS 7 is released in the fall.
Before this week, Twitterrific was unique and stood out from the crowded throngs of Twitter apps and apps in general. Now it shares a common bond, not with third party apps, but with the new apps and design language used in iOS 7. The similarities are striking. Both use Helvetica Light (which might technically be Helvetica Neue Light), which is a thin font style. Within layouts, there is a generous amount of whitespace. Icons are clean, simple and get the job done. They are used for interaction, while not becoming the focal point. Front and center is the content, which in Twitterrfic’s case are tweets, images and web pages. The app also has a number of fluid animations that help the interface come to life. iOS 7 also uses circular icons for images, as seen here in the new GameCenter.
iOS 7 will be released in the fall. What Apple introduced this week was a major stride forward. With such drastic changes comes bugs and instability. Let’s be honest, not everyone installing iOS 7 is a developer. In fact, I’d wager that the percentages skew in the other direction. If you are craving a look at iOS 7, without making a compromise, it’s worth giving Twitterrific a test drive. If you happen to be a developer, this a good example of how apps should look this fall.
It’s certainly a beautiful looking app and in the end, can one person have too many Twitter apps?
Twitterrific for iPhone and iPad is available in the App Store, priced at $2.99.