For those of you who have remained loyal and stuck with the official Facebook app through thin and thin, salvation is apparently on its way in the form of an app that moves at the speed of light.
Or at least a bit faster than what you're working with now.
The NY Times Bits blog is reporting that Facebook developers are hard at work testing a brand new iOS app that is optimized for speed. No redesign, no new features - it's just faster.
They garnered this information from two anaonymous Facebook engineers:
One of the Facebook engineers said the new application has been built primarily using Objective-C, the programming language used to build applications for iOS. Many of the components of the current version of the Facebook app are built using HTML5, the Web-based markup language.
The app is reportedly blazing fast and should be available to users some time this summer. For many who haven't abandoned ship for a third-party app to browse their News Feeds, "some time this summer" can't come soon enough. The Facebook iOS app is legendary in its ability to crash, fail to upload status and photos, and move at a virtual snail's pace when it gets in a bad mood.
I'm probably giving the Facebook iOS app too hard of a time, but in all honestly it can be rather frustrating. I think we can all rejoice in the hope that something speedier this way comes. It would surely be nice to have a lightning-fast app to go along with all of that new iOS 6/Facebook integration.