Facebook iOS app overhaul to be built by former Apple employees?

by Justin Horn on Jul 26th, 2012 @ 12:06 pm

About a month ago New York Times Bits heard rumors that Facebook was working on a completely new, real iOS app. Not just an app pulling in HTML5 webpages through an app frontend. The rumor is now heating up, according to a report by Value Walk:

According to sources, Facebook Inc has hired a team of former Apple Inc. employees to completely redesign the Facebook iPhone app. These sources say, the app will get a “major code overhaul” rather than the normal update.

I was happy that Facebook was updating their app, but if this report is true, it’s even better than I thought. Who better to fix this broken app than former Apple employees?

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Facebook to update iOS app, faster, less buggy

by Justin Horn on Jun 27th, 2012 @ 1:17 pm

New York Times Bits:

According to two Facebook engineers who asked not be named because they are not authorized to speak about unreleased products, Facebook has completely rebuilt its iOS application to optimize for one thing: speed.

Not official yet, but the makes sense considering Facebook trying to prove it can flourish in the mobile environment. Basically the current app is just a HTML 5 web app inside of a iOS app shell. If this changes to a true native iOS app, this will definitely improve speed, but should fix a lot of other headaches and bugs we’ve all had using this app.

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Hoping one day I can download iOS apps without returning home

by Justin Horn on Mar 16th, 2012 @ 10:26 am

Does it annoy anyone else that every time you buy and app it takes you out of the app store and back to the home screen to watch a progress bar? No? Well what’s wrong with you, it’s super annoying? If you answer yes, there is some hope that this may change in the future (probably not though).

I hadn’t downloaded Purchased apps for the app store in a while, but when setting up my new iPad (since I did it as new) I was downloading my apps using this method and to my surprise I was able to quickly go through the list tapping the download button next to each app while staying in the app store. The icon just changed to [Installing] then [Installed], making it quite easy to get all my old apps back on my new iPad.  Sadly updating and installing first time downloads still takes you back to the home screen.

Why does Apple do this? My guess for new apps is to see where your new app’s home is on the home screen.  I think it’s unnecessary, but what do I know?  Why they do it for updating apps is anyone’s guess, although it’s not quite as annoying for updates as it is when you are shopping around in the app store.

What do you think about this? Piss you off or you couldn’t care less? Comment or Tweet me @justin_horn


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Twitter highlights iOS 5 built in and 3rd party app integration

by Justin Horn on Oct 25th, 2011 @ 10:30 am

Twitter has created a page, ios.twitter.com, discussing the new iOS 5 baked in Twitter integration.

They also discuss some third party iOS apps that integrate well with Twitter:

  • Flipboard
  • LivingSocial
  • Instagram
  • Words
  • SoundTracking
  • Chomp
  • Showyou
  • PopSugar
  • MadPad

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Find My iPhone app updated

by Justin Horn on Oct 16th, 2011 @ 10:26 pm

What’s New in Version 1.3

New features for iCloud users:

  • Ability to find a Mac
  • Option to request an email when an offline device comes online and is located
[iTunes Link]

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Facebook iPad app should, finally, be out today! (Updated)

by Justin Horn on Oct 10th, 2011 @ 4:08 pm

UPDATE From 9to5Mac here is an official page about the iPad app

UPDATE 2 Official blog post with announcement is live (via @atul)

UPDATE 3 It’s out, go get it!

The Verge (This Is My Next):

 After lots of rumored drama and supposed delays, Facebook is finally (and we mean finally!) rolling out Facebook for iPad. And surprisingly, it looks almost identical to the version we saw leaked out back in July with a nice two-pane view and strong resemblance to the iPhone app.

Apparently it doesn’t contain the latest Timeline views, but it’s a start.

The Verge also reporting about some nice updates for the iPhone app:

But that’s not all that’s new today — Facebook is updating its iPhone app with bookmarks to apps, a new Requests dialog that will display app notifications, and support for Facebook Credits for in-app payments.

I still don’t see this live on the store, but be sure to follow us on Twitter and we’ll let you know when we do!


From the official Facebook page about the new app:

A New Way to Experience Facebook

Enjoy bigger, better photos

Your photos take on new life on the iPad. They’re big, high-res and easy to flip through—like a real photo album.

Focus on what matters

With less on the screen, it’s easier to zoom in on your friends’ photos, updates and stories.

Navigate anywhere, fast

Just tap, slide or pinch to get from one screen to another and back again in no time.

Never lose your place

Use simplified navigation to send a message, see your notifications or browse your bookmarks without switching screens.

Play games on the go

Play your favorite Facebook games wherever you are, and on a bigger screen.

Tap to send messages

A simple dropdown menu makes it easy to scan and send messages without visiting your inbox.

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