Facebook's long-awaited iPad app discovered
Published 26/07/2011 | 11:36
Facebook’s long-awaited iPad app has been discovered by a blogger, who is claiming it is ‘hidden’ within the social network’s iPhone app.
Facebook still has yet to release an app which is optimised for the iPad, which has forced owners of the popular Apple tablet to make do with the social network’s iPhone app.
However, a blogger for technology site, TechCrunch, claims to have found Facebook’s iPad app hidden within the current iPhone app.
“Hidden in the code of Facebook’s iPhone app is the code for something else. Something everyone has been waiting over a year for. The iPad app,” TechCrunch’s MG Siegler writes.
“Yes, it’s real, and it’s spectacular… And yes, it really is right there within the code…For the past couple hours, I’ve been using Facebook’s iPad app. Well, I should qualify this. I can’t be sure if this is the version they’ll actually ship, but based on everything I’ve seen, I’m going to assume it’s at least very close to the version they’re going to ship.”
A Facebook spokesperson said: "We're constantly working on new products and features but have nothing new to announce at this time."
Only people who have jailbreaked their iPad will be able to see Facebook’s supposed iPad app. This means the iPad owner needs to have run a programme in order to disable Apple’s control of the device, so the user can circumvent the technology company’s rules and see apps and content which have not been approved.
Siegler has posted photos of the app believed to be Facebook’ highly-anticipated app here.
“In particular, the navigation system is great. Unlike the iPhone app…the Facebook iPad app uses a left-side menu system that can be accessed by the touch of a button or the flick of the iPad screen,” says Siegler.
“The app also makes great use of the pop-overs (overlay menus) found in other iPad apps. When you flip the iPad horizontally, the list of your online friends appears and you can chat with them as you do other things on Facebook. The photo-viewer aspect looks great — similar to the iPad’s own native Photos app. Places exists with a nice big map to show you all your friends around you.”