View Full Version : Facebook iPad app leaked/previewed

Mazda 3s
Jul 25, 2011, 05:45 AM


Tons of pics:



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.

Yes, it’s real, and it’s spectacular (well, very good, at the very least). And yes, it really is right there within the code. Even better, it’s executable. (Update: a lot of pictures here.)

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. While much of it is written with HTML5 (as you might expect from Facebook), the native iPad work is very good too.

In particular, the navigation system is great. Unlike the iPhone app — which even its creator is complaining about now as being stale — 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. 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. Etc.

Jul 25, 2011, 05:55 AM
It's taken them so long that I don't even care anymore.

Jul 25, 2011, 06:37 AM
Here is how to get it.


Jul 25, 2011, 06:44 AM
Safari just needs file up/download functionality and this app isn't required, save for chat, which I don't use.

Jul 25, 2011, 06:55 AM
Why am I not surprised the app is done and yet they're still holding it back?

Mazda 3s
Jul 25, 2011, 06:58 AM
Why am I not surprised the app is done and yet they're still holding it back?

As buggy as the iPhone app is, you'd think they'd go ahead and release the iPad app as-is :D

Jul 25, 2011, 07:37 AM
I just enabled it on my iPad 1 and it's working nicely. Already had one notification come in and take me right into the app with no problems. Everything's working good so far. I'll be able to test it out better as the day gets started and more of my fiends are on it.

The new update seemed to fix the problems for me on my iPhone too. I think the Facebook has finally got it, or at least something we can consider usable.

Jul 26, 2011, 09:02 PM
just enabled it on my iPad 2, works great and a lot better than the other iPad facebook apps. a lot smoother too

Jul 29, 2011, 08:59 AM
What is the hold up on releasing this thing?