The official Twitter application for the iPhone is now available for free on the iTunes App Store. The announcement made on Twitter's blog, the social networking site points out that unregistered users can use most of the main features on Twitter. New users to Twitter are able to sign up to the service within the app, without the need to visit the full website.
The app is based off the previously popular 3rd party Twitter app, Tweetie, which was acquired by Twitter last month. Macworld is reporting that despite the anticipated release of the Twitter app, the iPad specific version is still unavailable.
The newly released Twitter application generally follows the same appearance as the old Tweetie. However, the search page has been redesigned with searching tweets and users being combined into one screen. The app also includes the ability to search on phrases, based on your location, to find tweets around you. Top Tweets is again located on the search page and has a side-scrollable box from which users can browse the latest featured tweets.
Users who register from within the app can immediately start following others with the Suggested Users list provided. A number of fixes were included in the release including a Retweet button, located on the main actions bar and tweet rendering reflects the way it appears on the main Twitter website.
The official Twitter app is available on the iTunes App Store for new users whilst current Tweetie users can upgrade via the update section.