Facebook's updated iOS app is all about speed

It's one of the most downloaded and used apps for the iPhone and iPad but now Facebook has launched a major new update for the iOS version that it claims is much faster than before.

The new 5.0 version of the Facebook iOS app is now available to download from the iOS app store. In a press note, Facebook says, "Facebook 5.0 for iOS is twice as fast as the previous version when launching the app, scrolling through news feed and opening photos in feed."

Facebook claims it has done a complete overhaul of their iOS app for better overall performance. It states, "As you scroll down your news feed, all your friends’ stories appear faster than ever. A banner lets you know when new stories come in, and you can tap once to immediately see the latest updates." In terms of viewing photos on iOS devices, Facebook says, "Tap on any photo and it opens right away. Pull down to close it with a single swipe."

Android-based device owners can also download an updated Facebook app today via Google Play. While the new version doesn't appear to have all the speed boosts in the iOS app, the Android version does add the ability to put in photos and emoticons into messages. It also lets users create and share events with others. The sharing of photos is also faster due to  "a new upload flow" in the Android app.

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neo158 said,

Facebook don't create the Windows Phone app, Microsoft do.

Microsoft doesn't create the WP Facebook app, they hired a different company to write it.

And that company absolutely sucks cause the app is insanely worse than the Android app! I switched to Android and I think the Android app is perfect cause the WP experience was so terrible.

wotsit said,
Refreshed icon too

Yes, indeed. 4 changes by my count: circular translucent arc is gone, darker shade of blue is used, bottom part's opacity has been reduced and "f" appears to have a bolder outline instead of being somewhat flat.

Speed isn't my concern. It's accuracy. My newsfeed varied the top can say 2 days ago and then bottom of the page says 7 hours ago.

monomellow said,
Speed isn't my concern. It's accuracy. My newsfeed varied the top can say 2 days ago and then bottom of the page says 7 hours ago.

Top Stories does that, it's unpredictable where stories will go, or how it arbitrarily thinks which of your friends is 'closer' to you.

Quite a difference, even on my 3GS. A number of other changes too with fancy real-time comment updates, comment bubbles on iPad, and a prettier photo viewer.

Steve B said,
The "share" link is STILL MISSING! WTF
Yes, that's the major bummer. I also hear deleting comments are gone? We got Timelines on iPad though. This give-and-take game is weird...

Steve B said,
The "share" link is STILL MISSING! WTF

A lot of folks have "do not share" as part of their privacy options. Most posts on my facebook page are unsharable due to my friend's privacy settings. Not sure if that is what you are seeing or if it is just missing from the app.

Steve B said,
The "share" link is STILL MISSING! WTF

If it's a web link, you can load it from within the Facebook app and there you will have a shre button that les you share it on your stream. Better than nothing, I guess.

Shadrack said,

A lot of folks have "do not share" as part of their privacy options. Most posts on my facebook page are unsharable due to my friend's privacy settings. Not sure if that is what you are seeing or if it is just missing from the app.


I do realize that some people do have sharing disabled but, its missing from the mobile platform all together. I hate having to go do the desktop site to share stuff....its annoying.

Josh_LosAltosHills said,
I haven't updated but just as annoying as the performance is the sort by, it never stays on most recent. that bugs me more than the performance.

I agree entirely! In the time that I've had this app though (±2hrs) it seems to have remembered my choice.

NoLiMiT06 said,
Now do the same for Android, the app is garbage...

iOS people always get it first which is one of the reasons why I love my iOS apps better than the Android's