Thursday, July 28, 2011

Hidden Facebook App for iPad is Discovered

It’s been close to a year and a half since Apple first released its oh-so-popular iPad, and although there are tons of apps available for the device, there is still a very important app that has yet to be released for the iPad…a Facebook app. Rumors were flying around that Facebook might be kind enough to reveal an official app sometime this summer, but as we count down the last few days of July, there still has not been announcement.

However, just this weekend, TechCrunch’s MG Sielger claimed that he had discovered Facebook’s app for the iPad. He said that it was hidden within the code for the most recent version Facebook’s iPhone app (version 3.4.4). Sielger said that the app is written in HTML5, and although it is incredibly different from the iPhone app, he said that it is very good.

"In particular, the navigation system is great… 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," he writes. "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."

Sielger said that other features that are included with the app are a photo viewer that is very similar to the photo app that comes with the iPad and a map that shows the locations of your friends on Facebook Places. So far, there has not been any comment from Facebook reps about the app. Sielger, however, said that he had confirmed that the app is legit by checking with a “source who had previously seen the app."

People have been patiently waiting for an official Facebook iPad app. Since Facebook still hasn’t officially offered customers anything, there has been plenty of room for third-party developers to come in and offer their own unofficial versions of Facebook apps like Friendly and iFace. These have been some of the most popular iPad apps from the App Store.

Right now it is unclear when Facebook might offer this app, if it is indeed the real thing. Hopefully, either Facebook will release this newly discovered app or release some kind of official app because customers are definitely ready for a Facebook iPad app. is news of, for and by SMBs! The Small & Medium Business Magazine!

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