Facebook to launch iPad app at iPhone 5 event next week (rumor)

Facebook to launch iPad app at iPhone 5 event next week (rumor)

Summary: Facebook will finally launch its iPad app at Apple's iPhone 5 event next week, according to a new rumor.

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Rumor has it Facebook will finally launch its iPad app at Apple's iPhone 5 launch event on October 4. Facebook will also reportedly release a revamped version of its iPhone app with design and speed improvements similar to the iPad app, according to two sources familiar with the situation cited by Mashable.

This new information follows just hours after we learned Facebook engineer Jeff Verkoeyen quit the company to take a job on Google's mobile team, which he worked at for a few months in 2007. Verkoeyen said he made the move out of frustration over Facebook's failure to release its iPad app, which he led development for and says has been feature-complete for five months.

A possible reason for the constant delays is Facebook's strained relationship with Apple. Facebook did not allow Apple to use Facebook Connect in Ping because Cupertino didn't give Palo Alto any warning about the feature, which would have cost a lot of bandwidth for Facebook. Facebook was also supposed to be integrated into iOS, but instead Apple went with Twitter in iOS 5.

The relationship between the two technology giants is starting to turn around, however, since they both share a mutual enemy: Google. Facebook doesn't have a mobile platform and Apple doesn't have a social network. If this really is true, the Facebook apps for iOS could be just the beginning of much bigger things to come.

The original Apple iPad was released 17 months ago: in April 2010. An iPad version of the Facebook app has been expected since pretty much day one. Facebook is the most popular app on almost every mobile platform, if not all of them. Since there's no official version for Apple's tablet, there are countless third-party Facebook iPad apps that are very popular, even though most of them suck.

Apple isn't to blame here though – Facebook is. While Microsoft develops the Facebook app for Windows Phone, and Research In Motion develops the Facebook app for the BlackBerry OS, the social networking giant develops the dedicated Facebook app for iOS and Android.

In fact, RIM actually beat Facebook to the punch and released the first dedicated tablet app for the social network. If RIM can quickly release a decent Facebook app for its BlackBerry PlayBook, Facebook not doing the same for the Apple iPad is clearly not due to technical reasons.

Earlier this month, Facebook for iOS version 3.5 was released. In the new version, Facebook removed the unofficial iPad version that was discovered inside the app a few months ago.

This led to the latest rumor, which suggested we might finally see the official app at Facebook's 2011 f8 developer conference. Unfortunately, it didn't make the cut, again. Now, everyone is looking to next week as the next possible release date.

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Topics: Social Enterprise, Apple, Apps, iPhone, iPad, Mobility

Emil Protalinski

About Emil Protalinski

Emil is a freelance journalist writing for CNET and ZDNet. Over the years,
he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, including Ars
Technica, Neowin, and TechSpot.

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  • RE: Facebook to launch iPad app at iPhone 5 event next week (rumor)

    Why should they get an app? The browser should be good enough. After all, it's good enough for the 1/2 billion Windows users who aren't clamoring for a native Windows Facebook app.
    PB_z
    • RE: Facebook to launch iPad app at iPhone 5 event next week (rumor)

      @PB_z They took so long that I already made shortcuts to the web browser pages in Android and assigned icons to them. I could care less anymore. Everything Facebook fixes sux anyway. Honestly Zuckerburg needs to find someone new to steal ideas from anyway; his ideas are pathetic.
      blueskip
    • RE: Facebook to launch iPad app at iPhone 5 event next week (rumor)

      @PB_z
      Face facts... Facebook's browser interface is one of the worst there is. Using almost any of the iPad facebook alternative apps are smooth sailing compared to the native browser window. They didn't get to be where they are by providing a great user experience... they have flourished in spite of the user experience.
      camcost@...
      • RE: Facebook to launch iPad app at iPhone 5 event next week (rumor)

        @camcost@... That's pretty much why I only visit Facebook about once every 6 months. I cringe every time I visit the site due to how horrid the entire design is.
        non-biased
  • RE: Facebook to launch iPad app at iPhone 5 event next week (rumor)

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    luminary911
  • RE: Facebook to launch iPad app at iPhone 5 event next week (rumor)

    Been using Friendly for Facebook on the iPad for ages, never had any issues with it so wont bother changing to the "official" one
    tempo1983
    • RE: Facebook to launch iPad app at iPhone 5 event next week (rumor)

      @tempo1983 I have been using Friendly too but I find the keyboard responsiveness to be a problem. If I type too fast, characters start getting dropped. No other app is giving me this problem so I suspect there is a problem with the keyboard monitoring thread in Friendly. I would like to at least be able to compare an official Facebook app versus Friendly. I might just decide to stick with what I have already.
      Zzznorch
      • RE: Facebook to launch iPad app at iPhone 5 event next week (rumor)

        @Zzznorch Same problem using the browser on Android as well as all unofficial facebook apps created so far. It's beginning to look like the problem is facebook itself more than the apps for created for either OS.
        blueskip
  • RE: Facebook to launch iPad app at iPhone 5 event next week (rumor)

    Hope this is true. I've been using the iPhone version of the app since I've gotten my iPad. It's usable, but the fact that iPhone apps don't use retina mode on an iPad even if the iPad has more than enough pixels to do so means that things are more than often constrained to 480x320, which honestly looks like crap when zoomed in.
    RAMChYLD
  • RE: Facebook to launch iPad app at iPhone 5 event next week (rumor)

    People three words about Iphone 5.
    ipadsucks
  • RE: Facebook to launch iPad app at iPhone 5 event next week (rumor)

    People 3 Words for iphone 5.

    WHO FRICKEN CARES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Iphone 5 will be another boring feature and LOL that it still does not have

    1. FLASH
    2. No MicroSD Card Slot
    3. Cant swap for new battery

    Many many more....
    ipadsucks
    • RE: Facebook to launch iPad app at iPhone 5 event next week (rumor)

      @ipadsucks I see you went off your meds again :-(
      non-biased
  • RE: Facebook to launch iPad app at iPhone 5 event next week (rumor)

    I agree, no Flash, no external memory do really suck! Yet, I love my iPad!
    Bettalover
  • RE: Facebook to launch iPad app at iPhone 5 event next week (rumor)

    Facebook for blackberry is really great, I heard that Research In Motion created it. So Apple should make their own functional facebook app to their iPhone and iPad. | http://www.oneresult.co.uk/mobile-apps/ipad-development
    lexorsymon
  • RE: Facebook to launch iPad app at iPhone 5 event next week (rumor)

    Facebook for blackberry is really great, I heard that Research In Motion (RIM) created it. So Apple should make their own functional facebook app to their iPhone and iPad. | http://www.oneresult.co.uk/mobile-apps/ipad-development
    lexorsymon