LA Times said:
Facebook's on-again, off-again plans for an iPad app have finally reached fruition.
After months of breathless speculation, Facebook rolled out the long-awaited app Monday. It's available free from the Apple App Store, has bigger photos and lets you play games on the go.
Apple and Facebook had been in negotiations over the app for months.
So much for predictions. Bloggers had assured us that the iPad app would be unveiled at Apple's iPhone 5 event last week. Of course, Apple did not unveil the iPhone 5 then either. (It was the 4S.)
The iPad app could be a boon for Apple. None of the tablets running Google's Android software have a tailor-made Facebook app.
For Facebook the benefits are obvious: An iPad app will help keep people tethered to Facebook.
Facebook also added support for social games on mobile versions of its social networking service. And that's clearly a win for Zynga.
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BBC Tech News said:Just hours after Facebook's release of its long-awaited iPad app, users have started reporting minor bugs.
Some said it should have been tested better to ensure it worked properly with peripherals developed for the iPad, such as the iPad dock.
Facebook admitted that there were some bugs, but said that it was not unusual for new products.
The app comes out 18 months after the launch of the first Apple tablet.
Available for free at the Apple app store, the program is actually an upgrade of the existing iPhone app, tweaked to fill the larger iPad screen.
The interface for the application lets users "pinch" the screen to zoom in and out, as well as swipe to flip through photos that fill the entire display, as with a real photo album.
A Facebook spokesperson told BBC News that all products were always "vigorously" tested before launch.
"However, as with all new technology products, occasionally unexpected bugs will surface once people start using products on a mass scale."
The company added that it was "following up on feedback".
iPad owners have been pondering over the lengthy wait for a proper Facebook app ever since the tablet was first launched, back in 2010.
Until now, they had a choice of whether to use a tiny iPhone-size screen in the centre of the iPad display; to download one of the apps that supported the social network but was developed by a third party, or to access Facebook through its website.
But the company did not go into any detail about why users had been forced to wait so long.
"We're releasing it now because it's done," said Bret Taylor, the firm's chief technology officer.
It was reported in September that Jeff Verkoeyen, the application's lead developer, wrote in his blog about the app's repeated delays despite it being almost finished several months ago.
But shortly after the app's release, users have started complaining of a number of bugs.
Michael Clawson wrote on Twitter that he was not able to see his pages when clicking on left panel icons.
Another user, journalist Mark Coyle said that the app came "complete with a glaring bug".
"I have an Apple dock/keyboard, and if you put the iPad on the dock then try to comment on a post, the 'Send' button doesn't appear," he said.
"Take it off the dock - it appears. Poor testing by FB."
Twitter user @Cocoanetics wrote: "Facebook App first impression: decoding images on the main thread cause stutter when scrolling, even on iPad 2."
According to Facebook, of the 350 million people who access the social network on their mobile devices every month, about half do so through a web browser and half use applications built on their phone or tablet operating system.
The original audience for FB, college kids & recent college graduates, has mostly fallen to the wayside in favor of older demographics. Part of that is that it has become so ubiquitous that grandmothers are on there sharing pictures as it allows for quick & easy chats between family members. I still am not a fan of it but my retired Mom sure does enjoy looking at the pictures of dogs that get posted on it.Baffles me why anyone WANTS to use Facebook.
Most of my internet usage is boring; the NSA is welcome to come hang out at my house as long as they bring a pizza for me and some snacks for my dog.When I want the NSA to read what I do on the internet , ill invite them to sit next to me and watch.
Same here. I have nothing and nothing to hide. The NSA would find my usage rather boring.Most of my internet usage is boring; the NSA is welcome to come hang out at my house as long as they bring a pizza for me and some snacks for my dog.
Same here. I have nothing and nothing to hide. The NSA would find my usage rather boring.
I guess if I was paranoid it might matter but as it is I get tons of pictures of my grandkids on facebook and my news feeds are mostly science and science fiction. But then I don't hide my money in my mattress either.