FB unveils speedier app for iPhone, iPad

2012-08-23 22:32

San Francisco - Facebook unveiled a new mobile app on Thursday for its users on Apple iPhone and iPad, saying it would speed up the performance of people accessing the world's biggest social network.

The new app is "a major update to the Facebook for iOS rebuilt from the ground up, to focus on one thing, performance," said Facebook product manager Mick Johnson.

Johnson told AFP that those using the app on Apple devices would be able to perform many functions "twice as fast" including opening the application, scrolling through their newsfeed and opening a photo.

"We kept the visual layout pretty much the same," he said. "The focus of this was performance."

Facebook made other improvements to help make its app more user-friendly, Johnson said.

"We saw many people using Facebook for iPhone one-handed," he said, so the developers made it easier to do certain things such as opening or closing a photo by swiping the screen with one's thumb.

The new version of the app for iPad will also allow users to create a "timeline" which can be done on Facebook in other versions.

The Facebook 5.0 app will be compatible with versions 4.3 and newer of the Apple mobile operating system.

Facebook has some 500 million mobile users, but the company does not break down statistics for those using specific operating systems.

  • rlong1952 - 2012-08-23 23:38

    Yes, it is a great improvement. Love the closing of a pic with your thumb and the speed between photos, that is great.

  • tuco.angeleyes - 2012-08-24 07:23

    In SA where our internet speeds are mostly pathetic, this news doesn't mean much.

      rkashiri - 2012-08-24 09:47

      Very true

  • tyranvz - 2012-08-24 07:52

    Does seem to be a huge improvement. Let's see how much I like it after a week of use.

  • rkashiri - 2012-08-24 08:05

    It works fine & fast once you have strong 3G network, then you can really enjoy it. But because half the time there isn't a signal strong enough, we won't enjoy it as much

  • lydonmcg - 2012-08-24 10:32

    And so much speedier it is!

  • andre.ernstzen - 2012-08-24 11:29

    Yup much snappier

  • jtzll - 2012-08-26 05:47

    I have to say i was skeptical with this one but it surprised me, it Truly did

  • Malik Shahbaz - 2013-09-01 21:55

    No doubt the facebook were the most important source for communication, but with the invention of advance mobile media, it has more importance. With the help of iphone, you can connect to fb network from any place. To get more information regarding mobile apps,you just need to share the

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