Facebook reveals new native app for iPhone and iPad – rebuilt from the ground up

23 Aug 2012

Social network Facebook has revealed a new iOS native app which replaces the older versions and which has been rebuilt from the ground up and which it claims is faster, with a smoother story scrolling experience and instant photo uploads.

“Facebook 5.0 for iOS is twice as fast as the previous version when launching the app, scrolling through news feed and opening photos in feed,” Facebook manager Mick Johnson explained.

The new app, it is understood has been rebuilt using Objective C which makes it 2.5 times faster. The original iPad app was built in HTML5 and while great for working across platforms has led to criticism lately for being too slow.

There has also been a minor update to the Android app, which includes faster scrolling.

In addition Facebook has revealed new statistics about its app usage:

·        543 million monthly active users used Facebook mobile products in June 2012

·        Facebook is supported on more than 7,000 different mobile devices (devices that access our apps or load m-site every day)

·        Facebook sent people to the Apple App Store and Google Play 146 million times in the past 30 days

·        More than nine million apps and websites were integrated with Facebook as of March 2012.

Users can get the new apps by searching for them in the Apple app store, texted to their mobile phone or by clicking on https://www.facebook.com/mobile

Top image via Shutterstock

Below, screen shots of new Facebook 5.0 on iOS devices:

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John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years