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Facebook Finally Readying an iPad App?

iPad Facebook app coming soonFor reasons unknown, Facebook has yet to release an app for Apple’s iPad.  While there was an app ready from day one of the App Store for the iPhone and iPod Touch, a similar application has been missing from the big brother of those devices ever since it launched.  At one point Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said it was due to the tablet not being a mobile enough device, but isn’t that essentially what a tablet is all about?

Whatever the case may be for the delay, The New York Times is reporting that the world’s largest social network is finally preparing to launch an official application for the iPad tablet.  Sources that have been briefed on the matter say that Zuckerberg has been very involved in its development and that it will bring several new features with it such as an optimized chat and Groups.  Overall every aspect of Facebook is said to have gotten a lot of love lavished on it to make sure it works as well as it can with the popular device.

Beyond the application, the same  sources also claim that an HTML5 version of the Facebook site is being prepared.  It is not viewed as a competitor to the application, but simply a way to give people a choice on how they access their account.  This should also simplify the process of always having to wait for an official application every time there is an update to operating systems or a whole new device launches.

Neither Facebook or Apple will comment on the impending release, but considering all the talk as of late of the company working on various iOS projects such as a new photo sharing app, and it seems fairly easy to surmise that this glaring hole in the application world is going to finally be filled.

Have you been anxious for an official Facebook app for the iPad, or have you been using one of the alternatives to log in to the site?

[via The New York Times]

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...