Barely one month ago, we teamed up with our friends at Small Society (they posted on their blog about this project) to design and build a version of WordPress that could take advantage of an amazing new device that a few of you may have heard about.
On February 26th, we had a whiteboard sketch of what the app might look like. On March 26th, we were preparing to submit the app to Apple for a preliminary review. And at the same time, we delivered version 2.3 for the iPhone, adding geotagging and the ability to load older posts and pages from the server. Needless to say, it’s been a bit hectic, but incredibly fun at the same time.
So what’s new for the iPad? In order to ensure that using WordPress on your iPad would be a great experience from day one, we decided not to add any new features. Nada. This release is all about taking advantage of a huge 9.7″ touchscreen. Writing and editing posts is far easier than before. Skimming through your comments and moderating them is far faster than before. And using the app is simply more beautiful than before. For more, there’s a quick overview of the app at iphone.wordpress.org.
While this is version 2.4 of our app, it’s really version 1.0 for the iPad. We’re just getting started, and we have so many ideas for new functionality that the iPad makes possible. We know seeing what other developers do with the iPad is going to inspire us even more. Once you’ve had a chance to use WordPress on your iPad, meet us at the WordPress for iPhone OS development blog at iphonedev.wordpress.org to talk about what’s next.
You can download WordPress for iPhone OS 2.4 from the App Store today. It’s a universal app, so it can be installed on any iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch running iPhone OS 3.1 or higher. It works with all WordPress.com blogs, as well as self-hosted blogs running WordPress 2.9.2.