Today, Facebook has released version 5.6 of its iOS app. The update brings the ability to change cover photos, as well as some improvements to messaging.
First up, the new Facebook for iOS finally allows users to change their cover photos inside the app. This functionality has been available on Android for a few weeks, and now iOS users can quickly take a new photo or upload one from their camera roll. Note that this is an iPhone only (sorry, iPad users) feature.
Next, Facebook has announced two new updates to messaging. There are now “fewer taps to start a group message” and it should be “easier to name and find group conversations.”
Back in September of 2012, Facebook announced that they would be updating their mobile apps every 4-8 weeks. According to the company, this was based on a shift from “feature-driven” release process to a “date-driven” one. This basically means that instead of working on a bundle of new features and waiting until they were all perfect before releasing the update, Facebook i now pushing updates in a timely manner on a set schedule.
Facebook last pushed and update to their iOS app just under a month ago. It added free calling within the app, a feature that first appeared on the Facebook Messenger app. The update also made the like, comment, and share buttons bigger and better-looking.