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Facebook launches faster iOS application for iPhone, iPad

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Facebook on Thursday launched a long-awaited update to its iOS application that promises major speed improvements over its slow predecessor.

The updated universal Facebook application is now available (iTunes link) for download in the iOS App Store. The features in version 5.0, as detailed by the social networking site, are all about speed:
  • We've rebuilt the app so it's faster and easier to use.
  • Scrolling through news feed is faster than ever
  • New banner lets you tap to quickly see more stories – no need to refresh
  • Photos open fast and close with one downward swipe
  • Instant access to your notifications

Facebook version 5.0 is a 7.3-megabyte download available for free from the iOS App Store. It is compatible with iPhones, iPads and iPod touches running iOS 4.3 or later.

Rumors of the application first surfaced in June, when it was said the updated software would launch in July. But July came and went without an update.

The updated application is believed to feature speed improvements through using Objective-C, the programming language used to build native applications for iOS. The previous Facebook application, which users complained was incredibly slow, was built primarily on HTML5, a Web-based programming language.

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Last month it was said that former Apple employees were hired by Facebook to revamp its application for the iPhone and iPad. The company opted to create a major code overhaul for its iOS software rather than just a simple update.

According to Bloomberg, touch-screen UI developer Greg Novick; iPhone software gurus Tim Omernick and Chris Tremblay; and creator of Apple's first-party Stocks app Scott Goodson are all a part of the Facebook development team.
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I'll buy that for a dollar.

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The iPad app rocks!
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Facebook runs considerably faster on my iPhone 4S now. I am guessing the issue was that UIWebView lacks Nitro making JavaScript performance abysmal.

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New app or no, the Facebook timeline still sucks.

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Also, appears that the messenger and camera stand alone apps were included in this new update.  Pretty zippy.  Still prefer the stand alone messenger app (for notification purposes)

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New app or no, the Facebook timeline still sucks.

 

Yeah.  The whole app sucks on iPhone regardless of these updates.  

 

- You can never tell if you are seeing everything since the default is to show "popular" stories only and you can't change the setting.  

- The entire screen on an iPhone is filled up with the "suggestions" they put at the top (also un-configurable), so you have to scroll down to see anything useful.

- notifications still completely broken (but then they are on most apps)

- advertisements still get higher placement than a post from your relatives 

 

I could go on and on but the whole mobile experience is just awful for the most part.  

 

Facebook seems set on being a browser-only thing really which kind of makes sense when you think of the kind of comments Zuckerberg made about mobile and the fact that most of the people working there are laptop carrying geeky young males.  I don't think they get mobile at all, but it doesn't matter right now because they are popular anyway.  

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"The entire screen on an iPhone is filled up with the "suggestions" they put at the top"

 

What phone is that? My 4s shows none of that, just a menu bar at the very top.... everything else is postings. Oh and when you choose "sort" on that bar you can select "most recent" rather than "top stories".

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You can finally 'like' comments from someone else's photo(s). Launching full screen pics on profiles is really fast too. A much needed update if you're a FB whore like me lol :)

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Thank God!
 

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when you want something done right, hire apple.

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Buttery smooth!

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OMG I can't believe how little I care!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Wait you mean the Facebook developers finally figured out what a block was? Not to do things on the main thread? lol.gif

 

 

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Thank God!
 

You can thank the developers instead ;)

 

 

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OMG I can't believe how little I care!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That's my feeling when I hear Gruber, Marco, Siracusa, et al jabber endlessly about Twitter (and their apocolyptic horror at the new developer restrictions), so I understand.

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- You can never tell if you are seeing everything since the default is to show "popular" stories only and you can't change the setting.  

The Sort button (top right) lets you switch your news feed from Top Stories to Most Recent to put it back in chronological order. it is pretty crappy at remembering the setting though and will resort back to Top Stories seemingly at random, but the website also fails to remember your sort setting with any reliability so I suspect its a general facebook flaw rather than just the app .

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Interesting...

 

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post #19 of 37

It seems just as slow as always. Interface still sucks. They should hire LinkedIn's app development team

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Well, you can sort by top stories or most recent, but yeah, i don't think that shows everything. but then again, if it really showed everything, there would be way to many updates and it would make the iphone app hard to use. I guess i can understand the desire for the ipad app to have it though...

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Well, you can sort by top stories or most recent, but yeah, i don't think that shows everything. but then again, if it really showed everything, there would be way to many updates and it would make the iphone app hard to use. I guess i can understand the desire for the ipad app to have it though...

When I choose 'most recent' it shows all the stories that Facebook shows on my desktop computer....
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I hate Facebook. I deleted my account twice now. Why I went back the first time, I do not know. All my old friends from school are moronic and there is so much rabid political commentary. It is less than useless in my opinion. A total waste of time, plus they track you. Facebook is worse than Google.  shakehead.gif

 

Of course if the stock hits $10 I'm probably a buyer.

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Still sucks.

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The Sort button (top right) lets you switch your news feed from Top Stories to Most Recent to put it back in chronological order. it is pretty crappy at remembering the setting though and will resort back to Top Stories seemingly at random, but the website also fails to remember your sort setting with any reliability so I suspect its a general facebook flaw rather than just the app .

 

It actually goes back to the other sort instantly now, whereas before it used to stick until you rebooted or uninstalled.  

 

For that and other reasons, I would say this is not a "general Facebook flaw" but a "general Facebook strategy."  

 

When something like this persists over multiple versions and codebases and devices, (and it has) it seems almost certain that it's a design choice by Facebook.  

 

This assumption is made more likely by the many other design choices Facebook makes which are purposely deceptive in regards their users and the privacy of their data, but simultaneously beneficial for their advertisers and the growth of the Facebook corporation.  In short, I don't think it's a coincidence at all, and Facebook has a long history of screwing with their users in exactly this manner.  

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It actually goes back to the other sort instantly now, whereas before it used to stick until you rebooted or uninstalled.  

 

 

Well so far in this new version it seems to be remembering the setting on my iPad even having killed the facebook app from the app switcher and restarted it... 

 

On the iPhone the UI is a bit vague - when you click Sort and change the setting you have to click the Done button to get it to save - just clicking off the selector closes it down but doesn't seem to save your change.

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- The entire screen on an iPhone is filled up with the "suggestions" they put at the top (also un-configurable), so you have to scroll down to see anything useful.

Yeah... something... useful.  Because there's tons of that on most people's FB feed, right?

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"free from the iOS App STore"

 

Okay then. That STore is pretty cool, we should go to that STore together to get some shopping done.

 

 


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Originally Posted by logandigges View Post
"free from the iOS App STore"

 

Okay then. That STore is pretty cool, we should go to that STore together to get some shopping done.

 

Seriously, if anyone sees stuff like this, just PM me a link to the article and the changes that should be made (or even that changes should be made) and I'll give it a once-over.

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I hate Facebook. I deleted my account twice now. Why I went back the first time, I do not know. 

 

I do not hate Facebook. Just do not give a $hit on what kind of app they just released. Will never have an account and not going to be their product.

I prefer to hang out with real friends in real life.

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I do not hate Facebook. Just do not give a $hit on what kind of app they just released. Will never have an account and not going to be their product.

I prefer to hang out with real friends in real life.

So all of your friends are local. Lucky you. Some of us have found reconnections with long lost friends via FB.

Its flawed but a lot of people get a lot of enjoyment out of it.

So hop off of your high horse.

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I do not hate Facebook. Just do not give a $hit on what kind of app they just released. Will never have an account and not going to be their product.

I prefer to hang out with real friends in real life.

 

Q: How do you know if somebody doesn't have a Facebook account?

A: They'll tell you.

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Q: How do you know if somebody doesn't have a Facebook account?

A: They'll tell you.


Good one

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I hated the previous version and I have to admit that this new one works much more smoothly and quickly. But it's still buggy. For example: I'm still seeing the comments count on posts not reflect the actual count. Etc.

Anyone still getting the bug where an update tells you someone added a comment after you, touching the notice and finding Facebook thinks there are no comments at all on that story and therefore being unable to read any of them at all?
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Q: How do you know if somebody doesn't have a Facebook account?

A: They'll tell you.

 

Right, this is the only way. Also you won't see that person's puppies posted on the wall, neither life status updates, time he or she took last shower or more crap like this.

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Originally Posted by jason98 View Post
Right, this is the only way. Also you won't see that person's puppies posted on the wall, neither life status updates, time he or she took last shower or more crap like this.

 

That's Twitter, I thought.

 

Or maybe FourSquare. "Just checked in at [upstairs bathroom shower]".

 

I can't keep this crap straight.

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You still can't select text for cut and paste and you still can't share stories. Those are the biggest gripes (but not the only gripes) I still have.
 

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I just updated and I have to say it is a lot smoother. They still need to add a few features though.

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