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Twitter's unifying its apps across iPhone and iPad

Timothy J. Seppala, @timseppala
September 8, 2015
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Everybody's getting ready for tomorrow's big Apple event and that even includes Twitter. While the media briefing is likely going to focus heavily on a new iPhone, the microblogging service is looking to improve its app on the iPad and bring it more in line with the experiences users currently have on Cupertino's handset. The update hopes to bring responsive design (how websites adapt their layouts to different screen sizes, automatically) to the forefront by focusing on a few key aspects: canvas, device, orientation, size class and typography. While some of those might seem a bit arcane and more for user interface designers than you or me, the long and short of it is Twitter's what it hopes are smart, instantaneous decisions to make using its app on different-sized iOS devices a comfortable experience.

Twitter says that it thinks of the app like a pyramid, where content width adjusts in relation to text-size changes taking the top spot; while aspects like profile headers need to be modified just under that. The outfit goes on to say that when looking at the process from this lens, only a handful of things have to be razed wholesale at the base, like how direct messages appear on larger screens. Where might you see this soon? In what's likely to be a big talking point tomorrow: iOS9's multitasking/app-snapping feature on the iPad.

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