After an extremely long wait, Facebook released their iPad optimized application today. The version is 4.0 and the new application is common for both iPhone and iPad devices. Surprisingly, the app is a bit similar with the one from HP TouchPad, but more fluid. Here are some screenshots:
With Nearby, you can see when your friends checked in, the messages are nice and streamlined and finally, the Facebook chat works well, similar with other clients from Yahoo for example. The app also supports multi-touch but it more a gimmick than a useful feature. Other than iPad compatibility, there are several other changes worth mentioning:
– Games & Apps: Play games and access your favorite apps on the go
– Navigation: Send a message or see your notifications from any screen, and swipe to browse Facebook without losing your place in News Feed
– Bookmarks: Your groups, pages and apps are all in your left-hand menu, and the ones you use most are right on top
– Search: Search for anything on Facebook—people, apps, pages and more—without having to click around or switch views
– Security: We’ve added a few updates to make the app more secure
I am certainly happy that our preferred social network is finally on iPad, but now that the milestone has been reached, I can only hope Facebook will get their act together and will fix the horrendous Facebook for Android version 1.7.2 that made it unusable (force closing every time) on my CyanogenMod 7 Nook Color.
The application is as expected free and available for download right now via iTunes App Store.