As noted by Read Write Web, WordPress today announced that its new set of iPad-optimized themes would be available immediately to 18 Million blogs across the world. Matt Mullenweg, founding developer of the content management system, stated that it “has become increasingly important for the company to support more interfaces.”
The new set of themes, only available to those blogs hosted on WordPress.com (although thanks to this plugin now also work on .org hosted installations, too), bring with them “swiping, rotation, and many other features of the iPad”.
As for what the future holds for the CMS, here’s Mullenweg himself recently talking at SXSW about what the company intends to implement in the coming months.
Our iPad-optimized view is app-like in its functionality, but pure HTML5 goodness on the backend: it supports touch interactions, swiping, rotation, and many other features of the iPad. Like when we launched our smartphone-optimized WP-Touch integration in 2009 (now responsible for over 150 million page views a month) this is immediately available and active on the over 18 million blogs on WordPress.com.