Here’s a big news for bloggers who uses iPhone or iPad devices. Automattic releases newer version of WordPress for iOS 2.8 with some new features and bug fixes. It’s easy to manage your WordPress blog or site from your iOS device. With WordPress for iOS, you can moderate comments, create or edit posts and pages, and add images or videos with ease. All you need is a WordPress.com blog or a self-hosted WordPress.org site running 2.9.2 or higher.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1.3 or later.
New features in iOS 2.8 includes Quick Photo, Stats and Localization of app in 10 language. Let’s have a look at these new features:
1. Quick Photo Button:
This feature enables your WordPress app to take snap of something happening right now and publish it on your blog. Tap the ‘Quick Photo’ link to launch the camera and take picture. You can add title and description, that’s it, use this pic in your blog posts or write fresh one for the pic. There is a limitation of this feature as it is available only for iPhone.
Quick Photo feature in iOS 2.8
This new WordPress version for iOS is completely translatable and supports 10 languages.
These languages are: Japanese, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Hebrew, German, Dutch, French, and Croatian.
Now iOS users can check their blog’s statistics on the go. Stats UI have charts for Daily, Weekly and Monthly page views, swipe over them to see the others. You can also see Daily Views by date, top post views, search terms, referrers and clicks for past seven days.
Stats feature works fine for all WordPress.com blogs automatically. For self-hosted WordPress powered blogs you need to install and activate any of the plugin from Jetpack or Stats plugin.
You should use Jetpack plugin as it is recommended by WordPress developers as they will add app-specific functions to it in the future to help further enhance the apps in a quicker turnaround time.
Apart from new features, this release fixed major bugs about app stability. Ready to review and use this app, Download it free from iTunes store.
There is an important notice on iTunes store that it is probably the last version that supports iOS 3.x, so if you are still using an old iPhone make sure you keep a copy of the app.