Tapbots, the company behind the very popular Twitter client, announced today the all new Tweetbot 3, which ditches much of the old industrial look in exchange for a clean, and very white UI. This version puts a much heavier emphasis on content rather than elaborate designs. The typical square user pictures are now circular, and the buttons are much lighter and iOS 7-esque.
With all of the good news of the redesign comes some bad news from Tapbots. The new update will not come free. Even current users of Tweetbot will be forced to pay for this new update, as it took lots of manpower to completely redesign the app. ”We’ve spent the last three to four months working seven days a week getting everything in place for this app. There’s no way a small team like us can afford to put in that much effort and not charge for it,” said Paul Haddad of Tapbots. The app will cost users $2.99 for a short time as a promotion for the new app, but will go up in price to $4.99 soon.
As an avid Twitter user, it was a no brainer for me to jump on this promotion before the price of the app goes up. I’m actually glad to see Tweetbot’s new update, even if it does come at a cost. It’s good to see that the design team is still dedicated to creating quality products for users. What do you think of Tapbots’ decision to charge for Tweetbot 3? Will it make you think twice before you download it? Drop a comment below or tweet me at @TiP_Griffin.