Since when Twitter acquired Loren Brichter’s Atebits, lots of rumors have been spreading around about a) Loren dropping the development of Tweetie for Mac, b) Loren planning to keep working on the Mac version and c) Loren enjoying his truckload of bucks and nothing more.
Actually, the situation is a little bit more complicated than that.
Last week we reported that Tweetie for Mac in its current iteration (1.2.6) is going to stop working soon if nobody updates it with OAuth support. The head of Twitter platform said that an update is on its way for sure. In the meantime, Loren has to work on the iPhone app (which has been renamed, remember?) and doesn’t really have time to work on other projects. Other projects like Tweetie 2.0 for Mac, which should have released for free as a beta version to all those who entered MacHeist back in March.
Now, we’ve got updates. Tweetie for Mac won the Ars Design Awards, and the good folks over at Ars decided to deliver the award to the man himself and ask him about the Mac and iPad versions of Tweetie. Here’s what he said:
[…] developer Loren Brichter swore up and down that the popular Twitter client would not die. “It’s not gonna die—I refuse to let it die. Everyone at Twitter loves the Mac version,” Brichter told Ars at WWDC this week.
Although Tweetie 2.0 for Mac has been put off for a while thanks to the acquisition and the re-release of Tweetie for iPhone (now known as Twitter for iPhone), Brichter says he’ll be back to working on Tweetie for Mac within weeks.
That, of course, isn’t the only thing Brichter is working on. As many iPad users know, Tweetie/Twitter has yet to arrive on the iPad in native resolution, but Brichter says it’s coming soon and, in fact, it’s so great that he wishes he could share some of the iPad code back to the Mac. “The goal is to exceed the Twitter iPhone app in the iPad,” he said. “I swear the reunification is coming between iPhone, Mac, and iPad.”
So, he swears. And rises the hype on Twitter for iPad, which should be coming soon. I have the feeling the development of the iPad app is gonna take over Tweetie 2.0 for Mac again, but as usual when talking about Tweetie - we’ll see.