Facebook has been undergoing some big changes recently as it tries to see off the increased competition from the new social network Google+. Today we have the news that the dedicated iPad Facebook app could be incoming with the iPhone 5 release event.
According to Mashable the much waited iPad app will be revealed at the expected iPhone 5 launch event on October 4th. The company is also to be launching a new and improved version of the iPhone app as well. The app for the iPad has reportedly been finished since May, which led to Facebook engineer Jeff Verkoeyen leaving the company for rival Google.
According to sources the problem causing the delay with the application was the timing and a difficult relationship with Apple. During the last couple of years the two companies have been at loggerhead over some issues. The social networking site stopped the Facebook Connect in Ping, after Apple released the feature without warning Facebook about it. The feature would have taken up a lot of bandwidth on the social networks side.
It is also thought that Facebook was supposed to be integrated into iOS, but disagreements led to Apple using Twitter instead into the upcoming iOS 5. But things are changing between the two companies as they both want to beat Google, and together they would have more of a chance I doing this.
Sources are claiming that the iPhone app will see design and speed improvements that will mirror the new iPad version. The social networking site has also been working on a project called Project Spartan, which is designed to allow developers to bring Facebook apps to mobile devices via a HTML 5 platform.
It is rumored that Apple are working with Facebook to get the HTML5 platform right, and could also launch this at the same event. If these rumors are true many iPad owners will be happy to finally get the Facebook application for their device.
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