Facebook iPad App exists, hidden inside iPhone App just awaiting release

Detailed earlier by TechCrunch, the Facebook iPad App is already developed, coded, and released. Its sitting hidden inside the iPhone App but just not unlocked and available yet.

For the past couple hours, I’ve been using Facebook’s iPad app. Well, I should qualify this. I can’t be sure if this is the version they’ll actually ship, but based on everything I’ve seen, I’m going to assume it’s at least very close to the version they’re going to ship. While much of it is written with HTML5 (as you might expect from Facebook), the native iPad work is very good too.

Version 3.4.4 that was updated yesterday seemed to contain some minor updates and bug fixes, but also contained within was the iPad App. First noticed by Marvin Bernal (@aeroechelon) on Twitter you can change the UIDeviceFamily to unlock the iPad version.

facebook ipad app found by marvin on twitter

He included a screenshot as proof:

facebook ipad app

After first stating the iPad was “not a mobile device” and there would be no App for it, Mark Zuckerberg, as suspected, looks to have turned the belief corner and accepted that perhaps they should have a dedicated Pad client. Now that the cat is well and truly out of the bag, expect the iPad version to be available on the App Store pretty soon – either as an auto-adapting single update of the iPhone App or a separate one. The one App route will likely be the best option as firstly its already shown to be integrated and working, and second there could well be a ‘delay’ in the Apple approval process for a new Facebook App after the initial snub!


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