After months of delay, Facebook released its native app for the Apple iPad, as a free download on Apple’s App Store. It also improved the features of its mobile site. The software arrives alongside support for social games, like Zynga’s Farmville, on the mobile versions of the website.
Now iPad users can migrate from the version 3.5 that displays an iPhone-optimized version on the Apple tablet. Third-party application developers will be required to support Credits in the mobile versions of their Facebook games.
All Facebook features that you encounter on the website can be found in the app, like the news feed, message board, photo albums and Facebook Chat. Also, users are informed when new reports are on Facebook, such as receiving a message, tagged in a photo or other request.
The Facebook app for the iPhone has for months been discussion for tech sites. It is still unclear when the iPad app will be available from the Apple Store. It was expected to be rolled out at the Apple iPhone 4S launch last week. After much patience has finally launched the new app. Fortunately, no more delay for the fans, as is the case with the new functionality, in which the Facebook iPad app News Feed can be scrolled down by touch.
Simultaneously with the launch of the iPhone app for Facebook, The Facebook iPad app highlights the use of gestures in manipulating content like photos, navigation and the like. Here are some highlights:
- Gesture-based navigation. The Facebook iPad app supports two-finger scrolling to move through news feeds. A swipe pages through albums. A pinch or stretch will adjust picture zoom.
- Better photo albums. The Facebook iPad app takes advantage of the tablet’s bigger screen (relative to the iPhone) and makes it easy to view images in full screen. Users can also page through photos like a real photo album.
- Navigation pane. Facebook has provided a quick way to navigate through the social network with a navigation pane. All applications, groups and lists are on the left-hand menu, which is accessible from anywhere within the app through a button.
- Chat, games and other features in full-screen. These apps can now be played in full-screen mode, and will take advantage of the bigger screen size by splitting information between contacts list and conversations.
- AirPlay mirroring. iPad users can now stream high-definition video to TV screens through AppleTV with the use of AirPlay.