Apple does not allow third-party apps to mess around with its interface like the way Google allows Android developers to do, which is why Facebook will be releasing an update to its Facebook for iOS app that features Facebook Home’s popular feature Chat Heads.
You can call the updated version of Facebook for iOS as the “lite” version of Facebook Home Android launcher, which will feature SMS text messages with Facebook messages and popping chats up on top of other apps.
Along with Facebook Chat Heads, the update also includes “stickers” for the messaging end on both iPad and iPhone. This will enables users to buy and share “stickers” from the social network’s new Stickers Store feature, which was recently introduced by Path. The updated iPad app will include Facebook’s newest newsfeed update to desktop. The mobile version, however, will continue to reflect the desktop version in-browser.
Update: Facebook 6.0 is now live in the App Store.
Here’s a hands-on preview of the new app by The Verge:
Within the Facebook app, you can pop-out Chat Heads for your conversations, but they won’t work anywhere else because of the way that iOS keeps apps sandboxed. Just as with Android, Chat Heads pop out on incoming Facebook Messages (but not for SMS), or you can open a new one directly yourself.