Facebook has finally released a universal version of its iOS app that offers an interface optimized for the iPad’s larger screen. Version 4.0 of Facebook hit the App Store yesterday and as always, is free to download.
An iPad-specific interface appeared briefly in a previous version of the Facebook app in July when iOS enthusiast Marvin Bernal found a way to activate it by editing some device files on an iPad. Facebook then removed this in an app update in early September.
With high-res photos, games, chat and more, now you can get the best of Facebook—on your iPad.
- Enjoy bigger, better photos: Your photos are high-res and easy to flip through, like a real photo album
- Navigate anywhere, fast: Just tap, slide or pinch to move from one screen to another
- Play games on the go: Access your favorite Facebook apps and games, wherever you are
- Focus on what matters: Zoom in on your friends’ photos, updates and stories
- Never lose your place: Share a photo, update your status or send a message without leaving News Feed
- See who’s nearby: Check out the Nearby map to see what your friends are up to
Facebook also notes in its blog post announcing the app update that performance on the iPhone has also been improved. I’m not a big Facebook user but I have had a lot of problems with the app on my iPhone where it fails to load and constantly loses my place in the news feed when I tap on an individual item to see more details and then try to go back to the news feed. Here’s to hoping this version fixes these and other issues experienced by many users.
Facebook notes in the app’s description that those who are having trouble opening the updated version should delete and reinstall it – recent reviews show a lot of people are experiencing crashes upon opening the app and a delete and reinstall should address this.