December 11, 2013 — By Dale Mugford
It’s no secret that we have heavily been cued by iPhone OS for the staple & standard in mobile web’s design direction. While the web on mobile devices has grown, changed and evolved upon multiple platforms, so too has our work and our flagship product, WPtouch.
The release of iOS 7 (while controversial) is a welcome evolution of what we consider the forefront of the mobile web. With WPtouch Pro 3.1 we’ve worked hard to improve and build on out harmony of the product with the platform is most dominantly lives on.
An innovative technology in WPtouch Pro unmatched by competitors or responsive design, Web-App Mode in WPtouch Pro allows site visitors on iOS devices to save your website to their home screens. And unlike regular web bookmarks, Web-App Mode does away with the browser, and instead offers a much-more native app feel to your WPtouch Pro powered WordPress website.
Full screen, immersive and gorgeous— WPtouch Pro’s Web-App Mode is a customer favourite and is just a few clicks in the WPtouch Pro admin panel to enable.
In WPtouch Pro 3.1, themes that detect iOS 7 in Web-App Mode will adopt a native merged header appearance, in line with native apps on the platform which have been updated for the new interface. No settings or configuration is needed, WPtouch Pro themes detect iOS 7 and serve up the new style.
Our new default and flagship theme Bauhaus takes subtle design hints from iOS 7 and WordPress, including circles for featured images in post listings and partial borders, along with circular comment avatars and a preference throughout for for thinner typography and simple design differentiation of elements and colours. It’s the closest yet to an iOS WordPress theme, but it’s so much more than that. New branding options give you the control to transform this theme into appearing vastly different— it’s truly a chameleon-like theme.
iOS 7 and WordPress 3.8, Too!
Coming soon in our 3.1.2 update is a refreshed admin appearance as well, that harmoniously works with WordPress 3.8. WPtouch Pro 3.1 is a free update for all existing customers. You can update to 3.1 through the WordPress admin panel like any other plugin on the plugins page.