It’s finally here! The long awaited Facebook app for iPad has finally been released, according to the Facebook blog. This much anticipated app is sure to please iPad users far and wide. It took a while for Facebook to get the app developed. It looks like a lot of thought has gone into this app. It is feature rich and intuitive.
One of the great features of this app is how it handles picture albums. As you can see in the picture below, all of your albums are viewable. It has a very nice look and feel on the iPad. You can pinch a picture to zoom it in and out.
The app features a very nice navigation tool. Pictured below, you can see there is a menu on the left side of the screen with easy to find shortcuts to all the apps and tools you use on Facebook.
Featured at the top of the screen, is the notifications area that you are used to seeing on the desktop browser versions of Facebook. There you will be able to see when you get notifications such as friend requests and messages.
The big news with the iPad app is the ability to play games in full screen. One challenge all along has been that IOS hasn’t supported Flash. Now Facebook has worked it out where many popular game developers have HTML5 versions that work cross platform. The ability to chat from the iPad app is also a great feature. You can see an example of the chat pictured below.
One thing Apple developers are hoping for is that Facebook users will help spread the word about new apps. Of course, one major challenge to being an app developer is getting your name out there. Facebook users will now be able to tell what apps their friends are recommending and using.
It will be interesting to see how Facebook and Apple work things out. What other developments may come from this relationship has yet to be seen. What do you think? What other features would you like to see in the Facebook for iPad app? As always, we love to hear your comments.