Tuesday 27 September 2011

Facebook launching official iPad app at iPhone 5 event.

Apple's slated to have their iPhone 5 revealing event on the 4th of October, this year and Facebook's jumping on the launcher bandwagon. The long anticipated official iPad app from the social network is reported to be made available then, too. In addition to the iPad app, Facebook might also update its iPhone app and release an HTML5-based mobile app marketplace. News of the Facebook iPad app has made the rounds since June of this year. However, according to one blog post by a former Facebook engineer, Jeff Verkoeyen the app has been completed, since May.

Facebook and Apple haven't had the best relationship till date. Facebook has already gone into attack mode on Apple with Project Spartan. When Apple initially came out with Ping, Facebook Connect was supposed to be integrated into the music social network, but Facebook pulled the plug when they realized how much of their own bandwidth that would involve. Apple has also been in talks with Facebook for years to integrate the social network to its mobile operating system, however, iOS 5 is bringing Twitter integration.

However, now it seems the two companies may just have resolved their differences, if Facebook's finally releasing the iPad app on Apple's own turf. Apple's even being said to have been helping Facebook perfect their HTML5-based app market. If you want Facebook for iPad now and can't wait till October 4th, the app is available via Cydia, which means, you have to jailbreak your iPad.

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