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Twitter updates app for iOS 7

The new version of the app wasn't fully redesigned, as expected. But it does incorporate some of the design elements of iOS 7, and could be a stepping stone to a bigger update later.

Twitter's app, updated for iOS7. Screen shot by CNET

As expected, Twitter has updated its iOS app to coincide with Apple's release on Wednesday of iOS 7.

The new version of the app, which appeared this morning, is largely unchanged, although it has a flat toolbar gracing the top, and several new buttons.

It had been expected that Twitter would roll out an all-new version of its app for iOS 7 which did away with the standard four buttons across the bottom of the screen for Home, Connect, Discover, and Me, but for now, at least, that's not the case.

In a blog post this morning, Twitter said that the update is also compatible with iOS 5 and iOS 6.

In addition, the company pointed out several new iOS features that integrate with Twitter. Users can use the #music hashtag on iTunes Radio to find music currently trending on Twitter. As well, it's now possible to use Siri to search Twitter, and in Safari users can employ shared links to access links other people have tweeted.