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Facebook iPhone app contains buried iPad app

updated 09:40 am EDT, Mon July 25, 2011

Code tweak shows universal app due shortly

The latest version of the Facebook iPhone app, v3.4.4, already contains an iPad binary, reports say. Superficially the app update only includes minor changes, such as restoring the Send button to Comments, Chat and Messages, and putting friend lists back in the News Feed filter. By tweaking the UIDeviceFamily variable for the app to 2, though, a functional iPad interface turns on.

The layout includes a left-hand menu that can be accessed via a button tap or by flicking the screen. Flipping an iPad horizontally brings up a list of online friends, allowing chat while continuing to use other parts of Facebook. The interface also boasts pop-up menus, and a photo browser similar to Apple's own Photos app.

The inclusion of working iPad code in v3.4.4 suggests that Facebook will soon release an official universal app, resolving a long-standing demand for iPad support. A TechCrunch source claims that judging by HTML changes being produced on an hourly basis, development is still ongoing; many of the changes, though, are thought to be minor adjustments. If so, the iPad code could see an official launch within the next few weeks.

by MacNN Staff



  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Isn't this against some Apple rules about including code that doesn't work or something?

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