Facebook for iPad is live, but crashing for several users. The company is working on a fix or two for the app, which will run on the most popular tablet in the market.
free iPad application arrived Oct. 10 after more than a year in the making and
some controversy over its delay.
who install the application, available here from
Apple's App Store
, can use their fingers to scroll through their News Feed,
or simply swipe to zoom through photo albums and pinch a single picture to zoom
in for a closer look.
and notifications appear at the top of the screen, while applications, games
and lists live in the left-hand rail, as they do on the desktop version of
may conduct Facebook Chats from the iPad, and watch high-resolution videos
inline, record video and stream video to devices that support Apple's Airplay
streaming media software.
bigger story isn't the app but why it took so long to see daylight. The iPad
appeared in April 2010. Even Research In Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM) launched its
Facebook application for its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet this past spring, yet
this is the first native Facebook app for the iPad created by the social
CTO Bret Taylor told the Wall Street Journal
launched the app now because it was done.
claim would surely be disputed by former Facebook for iPad engineer Jeff
Verkoeyen, the application's former lead developer. Verkoeyen said
left Facebook for Google after the company failed to launch the iPad app he
said has been done since May.
report spurred speculation that Apple and its exacting application submission policies
were to blame, or that Apple's jousts with Facebook over licensing terms and
other issues continued to smolder.
Facebook for iPad means the 30 million or so iPad owners, many of whom are
likely to count toward a fraction of Facebook's 800 million worldwide users,
will be able to enjoy a better user experience from the native app.
it isn't turning out that way for many people, who complained about bugs in the
software. Early users
claim it takes forever to load and crashes often, among other issues
Facebook said the bugs were to be expected and it's working on them.
other Facebook news, the company made its Facebook Platform
, which means users will be able to access and manage their Facebook
apps and games from Apple mobile devices.
Requests and News Feed, which were previously available only to Websites and
apps on Facebook.com via a desktop Web browser, will now be available on the
iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, as well as Facebook's mobile Website.
Facebook has helped Flixster, Gilt Groupe, Electronic Arts, Moblyng, Storm8,
Wooga and Zynga create HTML5 versions of some of their apps and game titles
that will work in mobile Web browsers.
Facebook Credits, the company's virtual currency platform, is also now
available for mobile Web apps, they may not be used to buy virtual goods from
native Apple iOS apps or mobile Web apps that are running within a Facebook iOS
is forcing users to purchase separate virtual currency through its own in-app