It’s in the iPhone app: ! We’ve been talking about a rumored Facebook iPad app that was coming soon for a while now. After the “big” Facebook announcement disappointed us iPad users, there may be some hope after all. As TechCrunch has uncovered, the iPad app is hidden inside the latest iPhone app.
The app itself is pretty nice, with most of it being native and other parts being HTML5 as we’ve come to expect from Facebook. And it’s pretty easy to enable too.
Personally I’ve been able to mess around with it, and other than a few kinks (obviously this isn’t 100% done yet), it’s pretty good. TechCrunch pretty much sums up how I feel:
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.
Here’s the most important part: TechCrunch talked to their source who first revealed a iPad app was in the works, and have confirmed this is indeed the app. So how do you enable it? It’s pretty simple.
If you’re jailbroken, the process is straight forward. Just head on over to Cydia and search for ‘FullForce’. The latest version let’s you toggle on the Facebook app on the Settings.app. Flip the switch and open up the app, it’s that simple. If you’re not jailbroken though, fear not, JailbreakZone has you covered. You’ll just need to edit something on the Facebook app, reboot, and you’re done. Check out their post for full instructions.
Like what you see? Think they’ll release it onto the wild faster now?