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Facebook Releases Rewritten and Much Faster iPhone App

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Facebook has released a completely rewritten iOS app that is significantly faster than the prior version. With more and more Facebook users accessing the social network via mobile, the company views having a fast mobile app as increasingly essential. News that the update was forthcoming was first reported back in June.

With the updated version, Facebook's engineers have dumped the HTML5-based app and rebuilt it using Objective-C programming to make it perform more like a native iOS app. From All Things D:
"People have different expectations when it comes to using Facebook for iOS," Mick Johnson, Facebook iOS mobile product manager, told me in an interview this morning. "They expect a level of performance and speed that just wasn't there."

Johnson says that the largest pain points -- scrolling through the feed, photos and loading the app -- will all be much faster, by a factor of three. Also, Facebook mobile developers working on the three separate iOS apps -- Facebook, Camera and Messenger -- all all now sharing a code base with each other, so Messenger and Camera are actually running inside of the proper Facebook app, bringing many of those features to Facebook for iOS. (As a bonus, a shared code base means faster development cycles, so we'll probably see improvements sooner.)
Facebook for iPhone is available free via the App Store. [Direct Link]

Article Link: Facebook Releases Rewritten and Much Faster iPhone App
 

basesloaded190

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I've already downloaded and installed the update. It took a while for it to load the first time, but there is definitely speed improvements when scrolling down your time line and loading images.
 
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iSRS

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Multiple Accounts on iPad

Looks like they took the multiple accounts save out of the iPad version. Nice update, and understand it is basically a brand new app, but hope this feature makes a return.
 
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anshuvorty

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slowly looking like its becoming obsolete

looks like devices that are stuck on ios 4.2.1 and below are losing their usefulness...first google chrome and now facebook....my ipod touch 2g is slowly becoming obsolete noooooooo.....
 
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Photocyclone

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Still seems buggy

The layout doesn't seem quite right. Particularly when you see photos other have posted in their time line. Perhaps it's just me.
 
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Facebook has released a completely rewritten iOS app that is significantly faster than the prior version. With more and more Facebook users accessing the social network via mobile, having a fast mobile app is essential. News that the update was forthcoming was first reported back in June.

With the updated version, Facebook's engineers have dumped the HTML5-based app and rebuilt it using Objective-C programming to make it perform more like a native iOS app. From All Things D:

"People have different expectations when it comes to using Facebook for iOS," Mick Johnson, Facebook iOS mobile product manager, told me in an interview this morning. "They expect a level of performance and speed that just wasn't there."

Johnson says that the largest pain points -- scrolling through the feed, photos and loading the app -- will all be much faster, by a factor of three. Also, Facebook mobile developers working on the three separate iOS apps -- Facebook, Camera and Messenger -- all all now sharing a code base with each other, so Messenger and Camera are actually running inside of the proper Facebook app, bringing many of those features to Facebook for iOS. (As a bonus, a shared code base means faster development cycles, so we'll probably see improvements sooner.)

Facebook for iPhone is available free via the App Store. [Direct Link]

Article Link: Facebook Releases Rewritten and Much Faster iPhone App

Free of charge.

With more and more Facebook users accessing the social network via mobile, the company views having a fast mobile app as increasingly essential.

Better.
 
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keysofanxiety

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I can confirm this, guys! Just trying it out now.

Now I can see photos of all my friends' food 3 times quicker! I'm so happy. :rolleyes:
 
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patent10021

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But can you change the time line cover photo finally? Right now you need another app to do that. Also you can't create a new blank photo album so that you can switch or create new albums on the fly. Even on FB desktop you can't make a blank album.
 
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Great!!! I use it a lot so this will help me, it was way too slow and clunky. It's indeed a lot faster now.

I also like the way they're getting back from these separate apps (messenger, camera), that was a pain... Don't know why they needed to complicate things like that.
 
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mnsportsgeek

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When will Android be getting this update? I need to rub it in to all my friends that we are getting it months prior.
 
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Netherscourge

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So, I turned my iPhone horizontally, and the new FB app didn't rotate.

Intended? Bug?

No more horizontal/landscape view?
 
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TimUSCA

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This is excellent, but they removed a couple features! You can't download photos to your phone anymore, for one.
 
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derek4484

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Cool

I wish they'd do this with Android now. Their Android app REALLY sucks!!! It's absolutely terrible, it's constantly "loading" even over 4G.
 
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OldSchoolMacGuy

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Only took years. Funny how quickly people seem to be cool with things now and forget that it took one of the best known tech companies in the world several years to get around to updating a simple little app.
 
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