Official Facebook app for iOS has received a major update in the App Store that not only makes the app faster and easier to use but also replaces HTML5 in favor of Ojective-C. The new app that has been rewritten from ground-up and has been created using Apple’s iOS SDK that makes it more responsive than it was ever before. Previously the app was slow because it used to load user’s Facebook content in HTML5, just like it’s mobile website. Facebook boasts that the new app is twice as fast as the previous version. Scrolling through news feed and photo viewing has also been improved in this update.
After you have updated your app, it will open much quickly and your feed and notifications will get loaded right away. The photos are also opened right away when a user taps on them in the news feed, which can be closed by performing a pull down gesture.
The update also gives a new look to the top banner that links to new status, photo, and check-in.
A new banner notifies the user when there are new stories available in their feeds. This banner will appear even if user has not refreshed the feed by performing the pull down gesture.
Facebook version 5.0 also brings a new Photo viewing page that not only loads faster like the rest of the apps but also features a minimalistic design that allows users to view photos in full screen mode. When the screen is tapped a bar appears at the bottom of the screen with photo’s caption, like, and comment button. The ‘Done’ button that appears at the top right of the screen allows users to exit the full screen photo viewing mode.
Facebook describes this update on it’s site as
Today we’re announcing an update to the Facebook app for iPhone and iPad that makes keeping up with friends faster and easier. Facebook 5.0 for iOS is twice as fast as the previous version when launching the app, scrolling through news feed and opening photos in feed.
Facebook app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch is available in the App Store free.