When Apple took the lid off of iOS 6 at WWDC 2012 two weeks ago, they showed off several new and exciting features. When iOS 6 launches in the fall it will include a brand new Maps app with turn-by-turn navigation, major improvements to Siri, Facebook integration, and more. One of these new features is a pair of buttons in Notification Center that allow you to quickly post to Twitter or Facebook.
For the moment, though, those of us without access to the iOS 6 beta release are forced to admire these new goodies from afar. While some of them are available as Jailbreak tweaks, users who aren’t willing to jailbreak their phones are still out of luck. Fortunately, one app developer found a nice workaround that lets you get your hands on one of iOS 6’s new features right now.
Launched shortly after iOS 5 brought Twitter integration to the iPhone, iQuick Tweet is a very simple Twitter app that does exactly what the name says (and not much else): it lets you tweet quickly and easily. And now it lets you tweet from the Notification Center, too. No jailbreak required.
How is this wonder accomplished, you ask? Simple. Whenever you close iQuick Tweet, it generates a notification. When you tap that notification in the Notification Center, it takes you to the app. Since tweeting is pretty much all the app does, the notification becomes a de facto “Tap to Tweet” button:
Now, the astute observer will notice that my Notification Center doesn’t quite look like yours. That’s because my phone is jailbroken (the tweaks you’re seeing are NCSettings and Zeppelin, which lets you customize your carrier logo). But again, iQuick Tweet doesn’t require you to jailbreak your phone. It’s a perfectly legitimate App Store app. It also works on an iPad (which isn’t jailbroken):
iQuick Tweet is a universal iOS app. It’s available in the iOS App Store for $0.99.