WordPress for iPhone 2 now available on the App Store

We’ve just received word that WordPress for iPhone 2 is now available on the App Store. Woohoo!

A quick note about installation: WordPress for iPhone 2 is a new app, and the previous version won’t automatically update to 2.0. Installing it won’t overwrite any previous version you have installed. When you launch the new app, you’ll immediately see “Version 2.0″ at the bottom of the screen. When you’re no longer using it, you can safely remove the previous version from your device.

Our efforts were focused on creating a better user experience — the beginnings of a user interface overhaul that we’ll continue with the next version, and eliminating the bugs and incompatibilities with some self-hosted WordPress setups that was the source of the majority of the support requests we see in the forum.

So, what’s new in version 2?

  • A new, more efficient user interface that makes it faster to switch between comments, posts, and pages.
  • Various user interface refinements and bug fixes
  • New Comments interface, with Gravatars and the author URL shown in the comment list
  • Passwords are now stored in the keychain
  • Posts are now automatically saved and restored if network connection is lost during publishing
  • Added persistence, so the app re-opens in the blog you last used
  • Added an interface for manually entering the XMLRPC endpoint for non-standard setups
  • Fixed rotation-related visual glitches
  • Fixed errors where malformed XML prevented access to XMLRPC endpoint
  • Fixed edge case where local drafts were sometimes not saved
  • Fixed the order of photos so that they’re displayed in the order they’re uploaded

WordPress for iPhone, just like WordPress itself, is an Open Source app. Our source code is publicly available, and anyone can contribute to it. On behalf of all the developers, thank you to everyone who wrote code, submitted their ideas or bug reports, built and tested new features with the iPhone Simulator, and installed our beta releases. They helped bring you this app, and we’re excited to have you all start using it!

Just a reminder: we’ve started a new blog called Making WordPress for iPhone, where we’ll talk about the features we’re tackling for the next version of the app, and keep you up to date on our progress. We’re soliciting your ideas and feedback there, so if you’d like to help guide the direction of WordPress for iPhone, that’s the place to be.

In the interest of keeping comments on topic, please don’t post support requests here—instead, we ask that you post them in the WordPress for iPhone forums.

Comments

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  1. Sam: you’ll need to download the app via the link above (or right here: iTunes) — older versions of WordPress for iPhone won’t automatically update to 2.0.

  2. WordPress 2 looks good but I would love to see a featuer to filter posts by type, e.g. PUBLISHED / DRAFT. I have a lot of posts that are in DRAFT mode and it’s good on the main website interface to be able to only show the ones in DRAFT quickly so you can go in and publish the ones you want.

  3. It’s a good news for us, since more bloggers are using mobile web browser to surf or blogging. In my internal stats, iphone is within top5.

  4. Between version 1.x and 2.0, ownership of the app in the App Store changed from a subcontractor to Automattic. I guess this is fairly uncommon, because creating a new application in the store was Apple’s recommendation for our situation. Shouldn’t have to happen again, though. :)

  5. I am so glad to hear this, I cannot wait to use WordPress for iPhone 2. I have been using WordPress for iPhone 1 and it was pretty good… but I am definitely hoping that version two will improve on a number of things…

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  7. This was done because we felt that as a mobile user, comment moderation was by far the most common use case for the application.

  8. Really? That seems weird to me. I know that my primary concern with a mobile blogging app is the posting if content.

    Personally, I’m not too impressed with the update. Yeah, some UI changes but no changes in posting to make that process better. No way to better post images and insert them into posts. No improved editing with something more WYSYWIG over editing HTML. No way to delete posts.

    It’s like the actual purpose of the app, posting on the go, was ignored in leiu of the comment features. I know I’m in a very tiny minority, maybe consistig of only myself, but I’m kinda disappointed in this release.

  9. It would be great if a future version would let us reorganize that bottom row so that we could have it open on whatever we wanted- posts, pages or comments.

    I understand your reasoning to open on comments, but it’d be best if we could choose what we wanted as the default.

    Cheers!

  10. @pettifoggist: The app has many purposes, and many different types of blogger in its target audience. We’ve got lots of ideas for improvements to the part of the app you find most important, publishing. We’ve gotten great suggestions for what others consider their top priorities, too. But this is an Open Source app — you can drive the direction of our progress by contributing code as well. :)

    @Stephanie: I like that idea!

  11. Looks great, only complaint is being made to re-enter all of my accounts. It won’t import data from the 1.0 app. 😦

  12. Landscape mode is available when editing a post or page. Tap the post content to bring up the keyboard, then rotate the iPhone or iPod.

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