WordPress 3.5 Beta 1 and the updated "Twenty Twelve" WordPress theme is now available for download. The updated Twenty Twelve available from the WordPress themes directory-- is a fully responsive theme, and it works with WordPress 3.4.2.
"WordPress 3.5" planned for a December 5 release is in developement stage today-- and it is recommend that you run it on a production site. To test WordPress 3.5, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you'll want "bleeding edge nightlies").
The dev team been working on "overhauling the media experience from the ground up." "We've made it all fair game: How you upload photos, arrange galleries, insert images into posts, headline feature and more. It's still rough around the edges and some pieces are missing," the team posted.
Here's what's new:
- "Appearance: A simplified welcome screen. A new color picker. And the all-HiDPI (retina) dashboard.
- Accessibility: Keyboard navigation and screen reader support have both been improved.
- Plugins: You can browse and install plugins you've marked as favorites on WordPress.org, directly from your dashboard.
- Mobile: It'll be easier to link up your WordPress install with new mobile apps, as XML-RPC is now enabled by default.
- Links: We've hidden the Link Manager for new installs," the dev team informs.
Here's new features that developers will enjoy:
- "External libraries updated: TinyMCE 3.5.6. SimplePie 1.3. jQuery 1.8.2. jQuery UI 1.9 (and it's not even released yet). We've also added Backbone 0.9.2 and Underscore 1.3.3, and you can use protocol-relative links when enqueueing scripts and styles. (#16560)
- WP Query: You can now ask to receive posts in the order specified by post__in. (#13729)
- XML-RPC: New user management, profile editing, and post revision methods. We've also removed AtomPub. (#18428, #21397, #21866)
- Multisite: switch_to_blog() is now used in more places, is faster, and more reliable.
- Also: You can now use multisite in a subdirectory, and uploaded files no longer go through ms-files (for new installs). (#21434, #19796, #19235)
- TinyMCE: We've added API support for "views" which you can use to offer previews and interaction of elements from the visual editor. (#21812)
- Posts API: Major performance improvements when working with hierarchies of pages and post ancestors. Also, you can now "turn on" native custom columns for taxonomies on edit post screens. (#11399, #21309, #21240)
- Comments API: Search for comments of a particular status, or with a meta query (same as with WP_Query). (#21101, #21003)
- oEmbed: We've added support for a few oEmbed providers, and we now handle SSL links. (#15734, #21635, #16996, #20102)," the team added.
You can download Twent Twelve WordPress theme here.