Facebook for iPad has finally been released, and is available in the App Store now.
The iPhone version of the app has been updated to be a universal app, with full iPad support.
We’ve known this was coming for months now – after the ‘hidden’ version was found hiding in plain sight – but it still seems exciting to see it finally hit the App Store.
Here’s the quick list of Facebook for iPad features posted at the App Store page under update details:
With high-res photos, games, chat and more, now you can get the best of Facebook—on your iPad.
– Enjoy bigger, better photos: Your photos are high-res and easy to flip through, like a real photo album
– Navigate anywhere, fast: Just tap, slide or pinch to move from one screen to another
– Play games on the go: Access your favorite Facebook apps and games, wherever you are
– Focus on what matters: Zoom in on your friends’ photos, updates and stories
– Never lose your place: Share a photo, update your status or send a message without leaving News Feed
– See who’s nearby: Check out the Nearby map to see what your friends are up to
According to a report by Ben Parr at Mashable the ‘now you see it, now you don’t’ Facebook iPad app will be launched at Apple’s just-announced iPhone 5 event next Tuesday.
We learned two months ago that code for the Facebook iPad app had been hiding in plain sight within their iPhone app. For a brief time we were even able to run the iPad app, and it looked pretty darn good.
It seems the Facebook for iPad app has been ready to go, or very nearly so, for months now – and has only been held up due to ongoing negotiations (or possibly rows) between Facebook and Apple – about Facebook integration into iOS and other subjects.
I’d love to say I’m fed up with all the rumors about the Facebook iPad app and I don’t care when it comes out – but the truth is I use Facebook a lot more often lately and though I like the Friended app quite a bit, I’m pretty sure Facebook’s own effort will be the best way to use the network once it does get released.
I will say though that I’m definitely not holding my breath on Facebook for iPad announcement next Tuesday – as there have just been way too many false starts for this one already.
One of the iPad-related rumors getting the most play over recent days is all about the official Facebook iPad app. You know, the one that was found to be hiding in plain sight within the code for their iPhone app.
According to reports at iPad in Canada and elsewhere, Facebook may be priming to unveil the app their f8 developer conference on September 22. This would likely see it being released somewhere quite near the release of iOS 5.
I spent a brief time using the app when it was first discovered, before Facebook blocked access to it – and I thought it looked very good. I also enjoy using the Friended app for Facebook on the iPad, but I’ll be keen to give the official Facebook iPad app a go whenever it’s released as well.
I still find it baffling that Facebook has taken this long to bring out an iPad app. Perhaps if they do unveil it next month they’ll also explain what the holdup was.
Yesterday I posted about the discovery of the Facebook iPad app, hidden right within the code for their iPhone app – and about how you could take some easy steps to start using Facebook for iPad right away.
It seems Facebook was none too pleased with the ‘unofficial’ access to their not-yet-released iPad app, and as of yesterday afternoon they blocked access to those using it. Bummer.
If you’ve got a jailbroken iPad though, there’s a new tweak out – from the excellent jailbreak dev, chpwn – that makes the Facebook iPad app work again. It’s called FaceForward, it’s free, and you can find it in Cydia now.
Happy Outlaw Facebooking. :)
Facebook for iPad has been the single biggest ‘missing’ app ever since the iPad launched last year. They’ve had an iPhone app available since the day the App Store launched, but iPad Faecbook fans have so far been left hanging. Now it looks like that may soon change – as TechCrunch has reported on a near final looking version of Facebook for iPad hiding in plain sight, in the code for the existing iPhone app.
TechCrunch’s MG Siegler has a great article up on the discovery and his testing of the app.
So that’s the first bit of good news – that it looks like we may see Facebook’s iPad app very soon. The even better news? You can run this app right now on the iPad with a little effort!
I used these easy instructions from Flo’s Weblog to get it going on my iPad 2 this morning – and the app really looks great.