An official Facebook app may be hitting an iPad near you in short order, according to an anonymous source who spoke with New York Times blogger Nick Bilton.
Facebook iPad app rumors are getting a bit thick on the ground these days. In addition to the official iPad app rumor, there is also the fabled “Project Spartan” that pits Facebook against Apple in the app market, and a Facebook mobile site makeover utilizing HTML-5 code in apps that will optimize performance on the iPad.
Fellow iPad owners will agree when I say an optimized Facebook experience is long overdue. Several third-party applications such as Friendly and iFace have slipped in over the past year or so to fill in the void, but there is always room for improvement.
Expected iPad App Updates
According to sources, the iPad Facebook app makeover will include an optimized picture and video experience with high resolution, full screen images, and an option to upload directly from the iPad’s built in camera.
Additional rumored improvements include a new Facebook chat interface that will completely change the user experience, enhanced Facebook group experiences and a “slick design” optimized just for the iPad.
A Little Background
Sources also told Bilton that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has been heavily involved in the app’s development and that the app has been in the works for over a year.
This comes just eight months after Zuckerberg was recorded saying the iPad is “not mobile” and that it is “a computer” at a November 3, 2010 Facebook mobile event, effectively throwing the hungry masses off of the scent of an iPad specific Facebook app for a moment or two.
Facebook stats say that there are currently 250 million users to access their accounts on a mobile device.
Thus far, Facebook and Apple have failed to make an official comment on the rumored iPad application. Bilton’s inside source said they were commenting on confidential product plans and that the app is currently in the final stages of testing. According to the source, users should look for this app in the “coming weeks.”
No word on the official Facebook mobile site optimization, either. In a May 2011 study, CNN announced that mobile users are more likely to access Facebook via their device’s Web browser than they are through an application. Mobile site improvements could be a boon to Facebook’s mobile success.
The Bottom Line
It should be an interesting year for Facebook users. Keep your eyes on TheiPhoneAppReview.com for the latest news and insights.