updated 10:05 am EDT, Wed March 11, 2009
Apple approves Tweetie 1.3
Having only recently rejected the application, Apple has chosen to reverse its decision and approve the release of Tweetie 1.3 at the App Store. The Twitter client was initially rejected due to a provision in submission guidelines, stating that "Applications must not contain any obscene, pornographic, offensive, or defamatory content or materials of any kind (text, graphics, images, photographs, etc.), or other content or materials that in Apple's reasonable judgement may be found objectionable by iPhone or iPod Touch users."
The difficulty is that Tweetie provides access to a section called Twitter Trends, which displays topics of common discussion on Twitter without prejudice to words that might be considered obscene. Apple is believed to have rejected the app because of recent trends highlighted through Tweetie, rather than any inherently offensive material; banning an app solely because of search results, however, would theoretically disqualify the built-in Safari browser.
Tweetie 1.3 introduces a variety of minor changes, such as a dark theme, picture uploads through yfrog and Mobypicture, and integration of Ping.fm, Tweetshrink and Twitlonger. Language options now also include native German and Russian versions. The app is currently available for $3.