Today is an exciting day! A new version of WordPress for iOS was just pushed live, and it’s been dubbed the “biggest update ever”. It features a completely re-imagined interface for both iPhone and iPad that takes mobile blogging to the next level. It’s most noticeable on the iPad: a sliding panels interface enables you to quickly get to any part of the app and rediscover your content.
As soon as you download the app you’re greeted by a new welcome screen that guides you while adding your blog(s) to the app. Once authenticated you’re taken right to the Reader, where you can catch up on the blogs you follow, find topics you like, and now use a friend finder to discover your friends’ blogs on WordPress.com.
On the iPhone you’ll see a list icon in the upper right hand corner of the screen. Tap or swipe to open the sidebar, revealing all your blog’s content, as well as the ability to upload a quick Photo and access your Settings.
On the iPad the sidebar is right there, the first panel to the left. As you tap items in the list they’ll open in panels allowing you to drill deeper into the app.
In the latest update of WordPress for iOS you can now view your full WordPress.com Stats right from within the app. This means more details, more control, and much better use of screen space. For the iPad the panel expands to the size of two panels for better viewing.
Reader and Quick Photo for iPad
The big, beautiful screen on the iPad is a perfect fit for the WordPress.com Reader. You can now keep up with blogs you follow, browse topics that interest you, and check out the latest Freshly Pressed posts. The panels interface makes it easy to navigate around and even visit the full site right from the app.
The “Quick Photo” function is one of the most popular iPhone features, and now we are bringing it to the iPad as well. Use your iPad’s built in camera to take a photo or select one from library. It all works as seamlessly and as fast as it does for the iPhone.
Did you know you could use your accounts on other social networks to find friends blogging on WordPress.com? In the latest update of WordPress for iOS you can do this right from the app – finding your friends on Twitter, Facebook is only a tap away. You can also securely search your device’s address book to find your friends’ blogs.
Post Formats are an important part of many themes these days and it was time for WordPress for iOS to get the ability as well. By using post formats you effectively choose how your post will look once published (if your theme supports them).
* New Post Preview for iPad: When viewing a post on the iPad, you’ll now get a nice preview of the post including formatting and images.
* All-Around Landscape Support: Nearly all areas of the app support landscape orientation now, including all of the tabs in the post editor. (You’ll notice this on the iPhone and the iPod Touch.)
* Easy Site and Dashboard Access: A no-brainer. We added buttons in the Sidebar to view your site as well as a Dashboard link so you can access your full WordPress dashboard (“/wp-admin”) right from within the app. Thanks to this you can now easily update your theme, manage your users, access your tools, and more.
In total over 180 enhancements and bug fixes made it into version 3.1 of WordPress for iOS.
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- Aug 9, 2012 @ 9:37 pm
Aug 9th at 10:00 pm
Love this update. Thank you!
Aug 9th at 10:05 pm
Reblogged this on danielbachhuber and commented:
Post format support. I love this update.
Aug 9th at 10:22 pm
Nobody likes us Android users.
Aug 9th at 10:27 pm
Yay yay YAY!!!
Thank you from the bottom of my iPhone-loving heart!
Aug 9th at 10:35 pm
Looks good so far.
Aug 9th at 10:53 pm
Fantastic! I was thinking about buying an iPhone, but now I’m sure I’m going to! ♥
Aug 9th at 10:55 pm
I love it. Thank you so much. This makes reading blogs I follow so much easier.
Aug 9th at 10:56 pm
Looks really good! I am liking it a lot!
Aug 9th at 11:02 pm
I love this and I would have reblogged from it but it wouldnt post. It gave me no options in the blog to box either. I assume that’s not right.
Aug 9th at 11:22 pm
I’ve already got the app on my iPhone and Samsung tablet. Thanks for the upgrades
Aug 9th at 11:31 pm
Looks great! Thanks!
Aug 9th at 11:44 pm
Great update. I’m glad to see the WordPress app go from a simple reader to a feature filled machine!
Aug 10th at 12:17 am
Reblogged this on Country By Design's Blog and commented:
I need to check this out!
Aug 10th at 12:30 am
Reblogged this on Its A Rush World and commented:
Wow!! this is superawesome! It’s great blogging on the move! :))
Aug 10th at 12:53 am
Aug 10th at 1:03 am
I am writing a very long project entirely on my iPad and this update makes it so much easier! Thanks guys and keep up the good work. I just renewed my account and I don’t regret it…
Aug 10th at 1:31 am
Awesome, great work!
Aug 10th at 1:31 am
Looks incredible, does it support setting featured images from within the app? So far that’s the only thing that has stopped me from using my iPad from start to finish. But great job anyway.
Aug 10th at 1:44 am
Just in time for me to learn the new features before my trip to Israel next month. Thanks for the nice update.
Aug 10th at 2:37 am
Reblogged this on Thoughts of a Man.. and commented:
Nice look, about to update on my iPad
Aug 10th at 2:38 am
Perfect perfect timing! I will be away. Wait! I already have the apps. Do I have to download again?
Aug 10th at 2:45 am
Saw the preview from the State of the Word, but still: wow! It’s nice to see more of the dashboard coming to the app. Thanks for the wonderful improvements!
Aug 10th at 3:13 am
Fantastic update. Thank you so much. I can now blog wherever I am. Good job everyone who made it possible.
Aug 10th at 3:15 am
Reblogged this on Liz J Fox Design and commented:
To all my iPhone/iPad friends, WordPress has a really great update just for us.
Aug 10th at 3:51 am
Finally a place to read all the blogs I follow conveniently :)! I LOVE the reader. So much easier than adding individual feeds to flipboard
Aug 10th at 3:58 am
Can you please tell me where my stats have gone? I liked being able to click on stats as soon as I opened the app.
Aug 10th at 3:59 am
Looks great. Unfortunately, my stats no longer work on my iPhone
Aug 10th at 4:06 am
Too bad it glitches so bad I couldn’t even post >.<
Aug 10th at 4:22 am
Thank You. I have just reinstalled this in my iPhone and iPad. The features are superb. But, I do not have the “Avid Reader” in my devices.
Aug 10th at 4:54 am
Very impressive. iPads and other tablets may soon be the most popular way of interfacing with the internet. Tablets are a natural for blogging. (Someday I hope to be able to afford an iPad.)
Aug 10th at 6:12 am
Woohooo! So happy! My app was messing up, hope the upgrade will fix that Thank you!
Aug 10th at 6:42 am
Is this iOS 4.3 friendly?
Aug 10th at 6:46 am
Alas, I still have a stupid phone and nPad. (notepad)
Aug 10th at 7:11 am
Installed the app on my iPhone. Looks absolutely great! One problem though: I can’t see my blog statistics from the JetPack plugin on my self-hosted blog. After entering my WordPress username and password, the app gives me the following error: “There was a problem connecting to your stats. Would you like to retry?” Is this a temporary glitch maybe or am I doing something wrong?
Aug 10th at 7:30 am
This is excellent. I could not fully utilize the previous version that I just deleted it for my iPad. Recently, I’ve been meaning to purchase the Blogsy app. I’m glad this came before that. I’m exploring it now. Thank you WordPress.
Aug 10th at 8:01 am
This update is really big… actually it looks more like an upgrade. Thank you guys, the app works fantastic; I can finally use it for blogging.
Aug 10th at 8:12 am
GREAT approvement, this is so good, now the app is really useable!
Aug 10th at 8:42 am
I like the feature of posting pictures on my iPad. It was not possible before. However the quick edit doesn’t work. I can’t assign my new post as sticky post. Also no draft. It is still not 100% good. Will need to go back to my laptop for posting.
Aug 10th at 8:51 am
The posting of pictures on iPad is now great. But I cannot add sticky post to my new post. Also I want to create drafts and check ABC etc before publishing it. It is no longer available with the new updated app!
Aug 10th at 8:58 am
This has fixed so many shortcomings in previous version, looks great.. thank you… great release.. thumbs up
Aug 10th at 9:03 am
Updates are a good thing!
Aug 10th at 10:09 am
Excellent update, thank you! It lags a bit on my 3GS, but that gives me yet another reason to get the iPhone 5 once it comes out, so no hard feelings whatsoever from here.
Aug 10th at 10:33 am
I love the new look and my phone doesn’t crash or the reader doesn’t freeze when you want to read more of a post. Excellent work and it’s much appreciated! Thanks WordPress! Now only if there was spell check….
Aug 10th at 11:43 am
When I first loaded and added my blog I could not get rid of the welcome screen (to add blogs). So i had to shutdown app on iPad and re-open it. Just FYI. Loving it so far tho. Thank you!
Aug 10th at 11:49 am
Reblogged this on aaderinto.
Aug 10th at 11:54 am
Can one design a blog on the app, or must that be done with a browser?
Aug 10th at 12:08 pm
I’ve been searching for a reason to buy an iPad. This app will be it!! Thanks, WordPress.
Aug 10th at 12:22 pm
Wonderful update, love it.
Aug 10th at 1:13 pm
Awesome update, it makes life so much easier.
Aug 10th at 1:46 pm
So, I just started using the new app yesterday and I have to say, I LOVE IT!! So much better than the old one, which I felt wasn’t as user friendly. This, though, is a wonderful step in the right direction. THANK YOU, WordPress!
Aug 10th at 1:57 pm
Looks pretty good so far Now ‘on the road’ posts will have the same high quality standards as the ones posted from a computer!!! Awesome revamp! Keep up the good work fellows!!
Aug 10th at 1:58 pm
This is so well designed, and the stats page is perfect. Very easy to use on my iPhone, unlike the previous version. Great work, app team!
Aug 10th at 2:10 pm
Looks like a great update.
Aug 10th at 2:47 pm
Brilliant! Thank you WordPress for recognizing the needs of users with iOS as the new update is brilliant. It’s streamlined, effective and so very much needed! Much appreciated again
Aug 10th at 3:17 pm
I cannot read my Jetpack stats, event though I could do it in the previous version. I’ve removed the app twice and reinstalled. I goes to the page and gets stuck loading it.
Aug 10th at 3:20 pm
I LOVE it. I had been hoping and waiting for such an update! Thanks so much. I knew of the update only after reading this post and immediately got my WordPress app updated LOL. Really gonna enjoy my blogging experience even more now because I use my iPhone for most things now so I hardly touch the computer.
Aug 10th at 3:26 pm
Not supposed to leave question here, and I can’t get support without paid account… But I have downloaded app three times and reader function still does not work. Can’t get Fresh Pressed or blogs I follow on iPad with the new app. What gives?
Aug 10th at 3:32 pm
Another thing that does not work along with the reader function; when I press the stats button under my blog, I get the WordPress.com screen with all of today’s fresh pressed pics and titles, and the log in header as if I was logging in via WordPress.com on my computer. But there are no stats.
Aug 10th at 3:33 pm
I have never been more excited about an app update! Now I don’t have to deal with Safari crashes while looking at the WordPress reader.
Aug 10th at 3:34 pm
Still won’t work. Previous version was working perfectly. There’s a glitch somewhere because I’m not the only one who’s mentioned that.
Aug 10th at 3:46 pm
Love what you guys are bringing. Keep it up and good job! Love WordPress!
Aug 10th at 4:58 pm
This looks fantastic! Great job (once again), WordPress
Aug 10th at 5:29 pm
Downloaded app and just now wandering through my personal site – eideard.com – a wordpress.com site – I can’t use the siteview because my iPad says the site certificate is invalid or expired!
Aug 10th at 5:37 pm
Reblogged this on Technically Non-Tech and commented:
That was a much needed update indeed. It just made iPad some more productive. Really missed the Reader and Dashboard features. WordPress was one of those rare examples where an Android app is clearly better than its iOS counterpart. Now both are pretty much even. No need for third party apps anymore. Good work!
Aug 10th at 5:48 pm
Are you guys planning to updating the Windows Phone app as well?
Aug 10th at 7:42 pm
I am thrilled about the rollout of the new update 3.1 for my iPhone & iPad. I hope this fixes some of the issues I was having with the older version. I’m getting ready to try it out now!
Aug 10th at 8:05 pm
Stunning, just used the new updated WP on my iPad, so nice to use.
Aug 10th at 8:10 pm
In the Chinese version, “stats” is translated as “狀態”, which is wrong. It should be “統計”.
Aug 10th at 8:28 pm
Great update. I love this app. The stats are not coming through on the new app. Any suggestions?
Aug 10th at 9:04 pm
This was an awesome update, the interface is a lot better and friendlier, in my opinion. Thank you WordPress!
Aug 10th at 9:29 pm
Well thanks, this was a loooooooong time in coming. However it is still very buggy. Lots of error messages popping up and when I view my own images in “posts”, they are weirdly formatted and all squashed.
Good effort but I have to say, it’s not that polished yet.
That will be a bronze medal for you.
Aug 10th at 9:31 pm
OK, better than the old one. I get that.
DOES IT REALLY WORK?
How does it work?
What are the real problems with it?
I don’t want to use another wordpress product and find it is a mistake to learn it in the first place.
Aug 10th at 10:09 pm
This is beautiful! I love it.
Aug 11th at 12:38 am
Still no ability to share your posts from within the app though? What’s that about?
Aug 11th at 12:56 am
Thanks for the heads-up!
Aug 11th at 1:56 am
I definitely thought the headline of this blog post was using “big iPhone” as a synonym for “iPad”. Whoops.
Aug 11th at 2:14 am
This is a great update for the iPhoneand iPad, but why can’t I center photos in the app or choose hyperlink options (ie., open link in a new window)? If you make these two things possible, it will be perfect.
Aug 11th at 2:37 am
Reblogged this on Rohan Chandra and commented:
Aug 11th at 3:26 am
Wow, I like it.
Aug 11th at 8:58 am
I had stopped using WordPress on my iPad, which was a pity as it works so much quicker then starting up my computer all the time, but now I can give it a re-try again! Thanks
Aug 11th at 10:04 am
It crashes !
Aug 11th at 10:42 am
Love the new UI. Awesome update.
Aug 11th at 10:53 am
I’ve been trying to use the WordPress app on my iPad with the previous update and it wasn’t user friendly in my opinion. Now this new update has blown that notion out of the water and makes it more accessible to use!
Aug 11th at 12:33 pm
I love the update! It makes mobile blogging so much easier.
Aug 11th at 2:10 pm
Thank you. Update is great!
Aug 11th at 3:36 pm
So much better! Well done, it’s just a little slow on my iPod but fantastic! Just what it needed! Perfect! Thank you!
Aug 11th at 4:34 pm
Now I really need an iPad!
Aug 11th at 4:47 pm
I have been longing for this update as I use my app all the time for my blog, BUT….I know this isn’t a WP issue but Apple will not let me update my apps even though updates are free because it keeps sayi g my card was declined. .And this for a Free app or free update. So I cannot update at the moment. This seems to be an ongoing problem with Apple and ITunes.
Aug 11th at 6:57 pm
Two days later and I still cannot see my Jet Pack stats. It starts to load them and gets stuck on them. Am I the only one? The other icon tells me there was an error want to retry? And on and on. I don’t think we’re there yet.
Aug 11th at 7:41 pm
This is awesome!
Aug 11th at 8:09 pm
Agreed with other comments. Fixes everything that bothered me from previous version. I’m actually using it right now!
Aug 11th at 9:04 pm
I love the changes! You guys made my life easier with my blogging! I’m on the go and I’m a mom, and I can literally post while I’m with my son. Thank you! Keep up the great changes!
Aug 11th at 9:42 pm
Reblogged this on beautybaseblog and commented:
This should make things a lot easier!
Aug 11th at 10:48 pm
Thanks for the update news. Downloaded within minutes of reading. Thanks!
Aug 12th at 12:57 am
I am so happy about this update! I love it! Great job WordPress!
Aug 12th at 4:36 am
The update is awesome, like going from a B&W TV to a Colour one!
Aug 12th at 11:20 am
Reblogged this on thecydiaguy and commented:
Whoa ! This is great
Blogging on the move
Aug 12th at 4:56 pm
Tried it last night, still sucks
Aug 12th at 5:55 pm
Everything that was lacking before is there. Really enjoying the update!