Report: Facebook to finally release iPad native app soon

It's hard to believe but Facebook has yet to release an app that's designed specifically for Apple's iPad, over a year since the highly popular tablet was first launched. The users of the original iPad tablet and its successor the iPad 2 have had to make do with the Facebook app made for Apple's smaller iPhone and iPod Touch products. Now The New York Times is reporting via unnamed sources that Facebook is finally close to releasing a free app for its social networking service that's been designed to work with the larger iPad tablet and its touch screen.

The app, which the report says will be released sometime in the next several weeks, has been in development for nearly a year. Facebook CEO Mark Mark Zuckerberg has personally been involved in the process of the design of the app as well as its unique features. For example the story claims that the Facebook Chat and Facebook Groups features have been reworked for the iPad app version. It will also allow people to use the iPad's cameras to shoot high resolution pictures and video and then upload them directly to their Facebook account. The story says that Facebook is also working on a new version of its web site that will be optimized for being used on the iPad.

Apple will also be promoting the iPad Facebook app with a prominent placing on its App Store, according to the report. Naturally neither Facebook nor Apple have officially commented on any plans for a Facebook iPad app release.

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Got my iPad 2 a few says ago and i'm quite satisfied surfing facebook on safari. But a native ipad app would be good, the iphone fb app looks blurry on 2x mode on ipad

There are a few good 3rd party Facebook apps that my wife has used. I know Friendly for FB is one of them. The other is Pica something. Looked just like FB to me.

Storm said,
Im glad, as ive just got an iPad 2 and was very surprised that it didnt have a native facebook app!

You should check out FlipBoard for iPad. It presents various feeds as magazine views, including facebook, google it it's really neat.

Storm said,
Im glad, as ive just got an iPad 2 and was very surprised that it didnt have a native facebook app!

I use Friendly on my iPad 2. I find it very useful and much better than most other apps I've tried.

TCLN Ryster said,

I use Friendly on my iPad 2. I find it very useful and much better than most other apps I've tried.

I use it too, and it's nice, but it's just the mobile Facebook site with a skin. A native Facebook iPad app might be able to use features not available before. Although who knows, it could also really suck.

Storm said,
Im glad, as ive just got an iPad 2 and was very surprised that it didnt have a native facebook app!

I personally use MyPad+ for FB. Only thing missing is check-ins and changing the profile pic.

alexalex said,
And still, iOS 5 comes with build-in Twitter app and no Facebook app.

It doesn't include a Twitter app, but Twitter integration for various already built-in apps, and also an API that third party developers can use for easier Twitter integration.

I think I can imagine why Apple and Facebook have trouble with each other: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tec...-too-onerous-says-Jobs.html

It was probably easier to come to an agreement with Twitter.

Facebook are not the only ones dragging their feet on an iPad app. I'm still waiting for an iPad native spotify app too.

TCLN Ryster said,
Facebook are not the only ones dragging their feet on an iPad app. I'm still waiting for an iPad native spotify app too.

+1 and a native skype app!

TCLN Ryster said,
Facebook are not the only ones dragging their feet on an iPad app. I'm still waiting for an iPad native spotify app too.

Yes, I hope things will start moving there too. I'd probably buy it even if the app had a price tag unlike the iPhone version. I'd be surprised if it didn't happen, since their new Norwegian competitor WiMP offer their app for iPad.

It's about time! Although I've only been using Facebook on an iPhone or my desktop PC, would be nice to have a native Facebook app too on the iPad

jasonon said,
is the wp7 facebook app by microsoft or facebook?

yeh MS make the one for WP7 (Strange, why not facebook) as Twitter jumped the gun with there own App