Facebook for iPad arrives; iPhone app to be refreshed [Updated]

Last week’s ‘disappointing’ iPhone announcement failed to bring us the much-vaunted iPhone 5, but there was another notable no-show that the blogosphere had convinced itself would appear on the day – the long-awaited Facebook app for iPad. It wasn’t the first time iPad users had had their hopes cruelly raised – there have been months and months of waiting.

Today, though, the wait has come to an end, with news from This is my next that Facebook has at last released its native app for the iPad. So why the long delay? Unsurprisingly, Facebook isn’t talking about that - and TechCrunch reveals that the app was actually feature-complete as far back as May - but we do know that it wasn’t held back so that they could work on introducing the newer Facebook features revealed at f8, such as the Timeline view, which are conspicuously absent from the new release.

If you’ve used the iPhone version of the app, the iPad release will be pretty familiar to you. There’s a navigation pane on the left, allowing you to quickly jump to the main features like Messages, Groups, the News Feed etc, and although some of the newer additions to Facebook haven’t yet made it, old favourites like full-screen games and Facebook Chat are present in the new app.

Additionally, Facebook has announced updates to its iPhone app, with a modest UI refresh, and support for Facebook Credits to allow in-app purchases, app bookmarks, and various other new features. These updates aren’t quite ready to go yet, but will be pushed out to users in the not-too-distant future.

The iPad app is now available on the App Store – so be sure to head over there to get yourself some official Facebook goodness.

 

Update: Facebook has clarified via its Developers site that there will be no support for Facebook Credits within either the iPhone or iPad apps, presumably to ensure that Apple can still get its 30% commission fee from transactions. Business Insider believes that the impasse between Facebook's desire to employ Credits on all platforms, and Apple's wish to protect its cut from any transactions that happen on its platform, may have been the cause of the extended delay in delivering the native Facebook app to iPad, and that - in their words - "Apple won".

Images via This is my next.

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Honestly, I don't really see much point in a Facebook app for the iPad (or any tablet for that matter), since the browser on the iPad is perfectly capable of showing the real site at a decent resolution. On a phone, of course, it makes perfect sense though.

roadwarrior said,
Honestly, I don't really see much point in a Facebook app for the iPad (or any tablet for that matter), since the browser on the iPad is perfectly capable of showing the real site at a decent resolution. On a phone, of course, it makes perfect sense though.

Didn't mean to like this comment (hate that you can't undo it).
As for the iPad app I have to say I like it better that using the iPad browser. You get push notifications and it's without the ads/sponsors.

roadwarrior said,
Honestly, I don't really see much point in a Facebook app for the iPad (or any tablet for that matter), since the browser on the iPad is perfectly capable of showing the real site at a decent resolution. On a phone, of course, it makes perfect sense though.

The browser version doesn't have upload and chat to name two things.

And the article talks about full screen games, but given that most facebook games are flash, I'm not sure what that means at this time.

roadwarrior said,
Honestly, I don't really see much point in a Facebook app for the iPad (or any tablet for that matter), since the browser on the iPad is perfectly capable of showing the real site at a decent resolution. On a phone, of course, it makes perfect sense though.

The browser version on the iPad does not support Places, Chat, Photo/Video uploads, Nofications etc. and has ads. Not entirely sure how you can say there's no point to this.

Edited by .Neo, Oct 11 2011, 8:47am :

roadwarrior said,
Honestly, I don't really see much point in a Facebook app for the iPad (or any tablet for that matter), since the browser on the iPad is perfectly capable of showing the real site at a decent resolution. On a phone, of course, it makes perfect sense though.

The interface seem to be better optimized for the iPad to me. A full web site like Facebook is more for large 19" screens than a 9" iPad display, causing a lot of zooming. With the app - no zooming at all. And controls designed for touch (given larger areas).

Also, as said above, being able to upload photos and videos, and check in directly via the iPad 3G's GPS can be a pretty big deal.

first time installed it just tries to log in, but after you remove it and reinstall it is a snap. i like it somewhat.

HawkMan said,
Guess its not ios5 ready...

iOS 5 here and I had to start it a few times before it finally loaded up for me. Keep trying or simply reinstall, but it will work.

SHoTTa35 said,
Any moment now we'll see if Android gets update to mirror the iOS one.
Not likely, Android version always lags way behind the iOS version. My guess is it will be months before us Android users get updated to the new version (hope I'm wrong but their Android track record isn't that stellar).

bbfc_uk said,
Loving the new Facebook for iPhone. Looks more like the full website now!

lovin' the iPad version, looks and feel like the full desktop version! also really, really fast!

'bout time

just updated on iPhone 4 and its stuck on the blue Facebook bit with the spinning circle and then crashed to main screen , same as last time they updated this pos took 2 more updates to sort it out

TR1GG3R said,
just updated on iPhone 4 and its stuck on the blue Facebook bit with the spinning circle and then crashed to main screen , same as last time they updated this pos took 2 more updates to sort it out

Same problem here. Stuck on iPhone 4. iPad just goes back to the main screen straight away, even though it thinks the app is still running.

Adster01 said,

Same problem here. Stuck on iPhone 4. iPad just goes back to the main screen straight away, even though it thinks the app is still running.

Deleted apps from devices and reinstalled. Working now.

SHoTTa35 said,
I'm still waiting for timeline on the website much less.

Im not too happy from what ive currently seen in Timeline but I hope they have some privacy settings to fix that

Crender said,
bout time, hope this means it's on it's way to honeycomb too
I was thinking the same thing! I hope to see a Honeycomb version too. However, something tells me it might be next to never though, considering it took them ages to even let us use the phone version on our tablets....

Lachlan said,
come on facebook app, use bing maps!

Google Local information is still a lot more accurate than Bing's so it makes sense.

Weird you say that as Facebook already uses Bing on the site but i guess they know Google Maps is built into the phone so just use it.

wixostrix said,

Google Local information is still a lot more accurate than Bing's so it makes sense.


Bing maps doesn't even show my street (a 5 house cul-de-sac that was cut off from the main part of our road) that has been here for ages, and says my house is nearly 1/4 mile away from where it really is. Google Maps, however, shows it correctly. Not only that, but Maps on my HD7 consistently gives me crappy directions (usually the longest way possible). I really do wish Google would bring a Google Maps app to WP7, the third party ones generally aren't that good.

Edited by roadwarrior, Oct 11 2011, 2:15am :

Lachlan said,
come on facebook app, use bing maps!
i thought they already did, oh well apple fanboys will have nothing to do with bing haha

roadwarrior said,

Bing maps doesn't even show my street (a 5 house cul-de-sac that was cut off from the main part of our road) that has been here for ages, and says my house is nearly 1/4 mile away from where it really is. Google Maps, however, shows it correctly. Not only that, but Maps on my HD7 consistently gives me crappy directions (usually the longest way possible). I really do wish Google would bring a Google Maps app to WP7, the third party ones generally aren't that good.

Anecdotal evidence isn't too terribly helpful though. My street name was spelled correctly until the most recent time Google updated it and they changed it to be misspelled. It's spelled correctly on Bing.

Lachlan said,
come on facebook app, use bing maps!

Hell no! Bing provides zero public transport information here in Amsterdam while Google Maps does very much so.