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Former Apple Staff Said To Be Working On New, Speedier Facebook App For iOS


There’s no denying Facebook’s official app for iOS is just awful. Sure, it features a relatively decent user interface, and it offers almost everything you’d expect from a mobile app. But it takes forever to load anything, and it’s constantly littered with bugs. In fact, a lot of iPhone users I know use Facebook’s web app instead.

This is all set to change next year, however, when Facebook unveils a completely overhauled iOS app. One that doesn’t take a week to load a picture. And you know it’s going to be good because the company has a team of former Apple staffers working on it.

Bloomberg reports:

This team from Apple has been primarily focused on rebuilding Facebook’s iPhone application, which has been criticized by users for being slow. An initial release could be announced within a couple of months, with another broader overhaul of the iPhone app coming next near, one person said.

The company also hired several key staffers who worked on the Palm operating system for mobile phones.

That team includes Mike Matas and Kimon Tsinteris, two designers who “helped build the look and feel of the iPhone and iPad software,” according to Bloomberg.

Although the report doesn’t include any details about the upcoming app, a recent report from Nick Bilton of The New York Times claims that it will be built with Objective-C — the programming language used to build iOS apps — which will make a huge difference. The current apps is mainly composed of HTML5 elements, which is why it is so slow.

Bilton, who has already had the opportunity to try the new app, reports that it’s “blazing fast.”

It’s a shame we’ll have to wait until next year to get our hands on it, but hopefully it’ll be well worth the wait. Until then, I think I’ll be sticking to Facebook’s web app on my iPhone, too.

[via Bloomberg]

Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...