Facebook to Launch iPad App, Preparing Web-Based Mobile Platform

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    The New York Times reports that Facebook is finally set to release a free iPad app "in coming weeks", remedying a curious omission for the social networking service that touts over 600 million users worldwide.
    Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who along with other company executives noted last November that the company was still been trying to decide how best to handle the iPad, is said to have been "heavily involved" in the app's development.
    Facebook's iPad app comes just as TechCrunch reports that the company is preparing to launch a new HTML5-based mobile platform codenamed "Project Spartan" that would take on iOS on its home turf by running within the mobile Safari browser.
    Facebook's vision for Project Spartan reportedly includes integration of its Facebook Credits payment system that would allow developers to offer paid apps and in app purchases directly through the web-based platform.

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    perhaps they should fix their crappy iPhone app first? :rolleyes:
     
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    Man alive has that thing gone to **** in the last few months.
     
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    It's good that you'll be able to upload photos.

    The most fundamental issue, of course, is that Mobile Safari doesn't support file uploads of your own photographs in the first place, which would render this app mostly redundant.

    Hopefully this app will allow you to copy the text inside it, unlike Facebook's crummy iPhone app.

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    It's about freakin' time.
     
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    We already have MyPad And MyPad+, Friendly, etc. And these work very well.

    What will change now? I suppose we'll finally get an "official" app . . .
     
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    "slick design"

    Is that all you can say about the new facebook app for iPad?
    All they're going to do is take the existing facebook website and port it to iPad like for like.
     
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    iPad may not be mobile, but your website is crap for navigating with a touch screen.
     
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    Better late than never.
     
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    why? another means to track and gather data on its users. the sheeple will no doubt download this app in droves.
     
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    We already have Friends With Benefits for that (yes, it's an app.)


    ZZzzzz . . . we'll be fine. Most of us aren't secret agents.
     
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    Doesn't matter how you access the site. They can easily do it just by you accessing the site.
     
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    Looks like the new Facebook app will be an HTML5 app for all mobile platforms.
    This would highlight the new Web-based Mobile Platform to be launched by Facebook in the coming months.

    Maybe that's why it's taken so long?
     
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    Great on the iPad app.

    But... really??? another fragmented mobile platform w/o the security and support like Apple provides. No thanks. :confused:
     
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    Wow this should be amazing if it has taken a damn year!!! I have always used safari on my ipad for facebook as it works just fine on there. I dont need to be playing ***** farmville in safari...Upgraded chat and photos will be nice in the app though. I have to admit I use the facebook app on my iphone, but only due to the small screen and the fact I am on a 3Gs obviously with no retina display. It will be nice see this app when it comes.

    Kind of surprised that the worlds youngest public company took so long to roll out an app for the ipad...I have been waiting since last may (2010)...
     
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    Zuckerberg is a thief and you won't catch me using anything he and his team ever produces. FB is also the most annoying and personally invasive app ever written and I would encourage 599 million people world wide to quit using-that Z guy deserves to lose it all.
     
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    I second this. How is the app so buggy? Do they not have engineers that work on this on a daily basis or they just forget about it after the development stage? The popularity of this site would make you think their app would be scrutinized ho hum
     
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    Sort of like how Steve Jobs copied Xerox?
     
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    iPhone app does indeed suck.

    If I want to upload a pic I have had to email to the mobile address.

    Mind you, the whole Fb server is flakey as heck. Zuckerberg needs to spend some of his billions upgrading his servers.
     
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    By getting permission any paying them?
     

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