Facebook, while seemingly omnipresent across devices, and certainly accessible on an iPad, has never had a proper iPad app. It looks like it will soon, however.
The New York Times is reporting, citing “people briefed on Facebook’s plans” that Facebook will unveil a new iPad-optimized app in the coming weeks. It has apparently been in development for nearly a year, and will include different versions of Facebook Chat and Groups, and will allow users to shoot and upload photos and videos directly from the iPad’s cameras.
The news comes after some other iOS-related Facebook stuff was leaked, indicating the pending arrival of a mobile photos app and something being called “Project Spartan,” a mobile platform that would reportedly go through the web browser (Safari), as to by-pass Apple’s App Store approval process, and increase Facebook’s presence in the mobile space even more.
I’ve used Facebook on the iPad. It’s usable. If it wasn’t, we’e have seen a lot more hell raised about Facebook’s lack of an app than we have. It could be better, however, and it sounds like it will be. It’s probably safe to assume that after an iPad app is launched, we can eventually expect to see Facebook apps optimized for Android-powered tablets.
Facebook has always taken the stance that it wants to be on every device, and this is certainly key to continued domination of the social space (and possibly other spaces as time progresses). The iPad is an obvious device that you’d not want missing from your list. These things have sold like hotcakes.
For the record, the images above are of the iPhone app.