Today, Facebook released a completely rewritten iOS app, which took more than six months of work to build. The brand new app is a native app and is twice as fast. Facebook engineers have also dumped the HTML5-based app and rebuilt it using Objective-C programming to make it perform more like a native iOS app. It was built from the ground up using Apple’s iOS SDK. The app update has already been made available.
“Up until now we’ve looked at scale,” iOS Product Manager Mick says, “but we’ve become aware that while we have a great mobile website, embedding HTML 5 inside an app isn’t what people expect.”
In addition to significant speed improvements, Facebook has also added a bunch of features and tweaks straight from the iOS SDK. New animations and gestures are a nice touch too. One new feature is a “New Stories” banner that pops up at the top of your screen while you browse the News Feed. Another new feature is a gesture that enables easier one-handed browsing when you are browsing a photo.
I have been testing out this brand new version and can already notice significant improvements. Finally! Facebook for iPhone is available for free via the App Store. [Direct Link]