23 AUG

Facebook Releases New and Improved App (Finally)

by Marianne Schultz

Facebook has long been criticized for its slow and clunky iPhone and iPad app with a slew of negative reviews (more than 480,000 1-star and 2-star reviews at the time of this post) in the App Store. It was revealed earlier this summer that Facebook was working on rewriting the app from the ground up, moving away from the use of HTML-5 entirely to an app written completely in Objective-C. This rewritten version of the Facebook iPhone and iPad app is now available in the App Store.

Here’s the full text of what’s new in version 5.0:

We’ve rebuilt the app so it’s faster and easier to use.
* Scrolling through news feed is faster than ever
* New banner lets you tap to quickly see more stories – no need to refresh
* Photos open fast and close with one downward swipe
* Instant access to your notifications

I’m not a huge Facebook user but I had always been frustrated with how slow and unresponsive the app was on my iPhone. So far, the new version is indeed more responsive and less frustrating to use. Now I can see pictures of the meals eaten by high school classmates I haven’t seen in years and endless “like if you agree” pictures that I don’t give a damn about without any annoying delays or odd blank screens.

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    Keeping up with friends is faster than ever. • See what friends are up to • Share updates, photos and videos • Get notified when friends like and comment on your posts • Text, chat and have...

28 Comments

  1. The PaperyEagle

    About time :p

    It’s a good update! ^_^

  2. Marv

    HTML5 is the future of web and mobile development. They will only have to revert back once they notice the current app isnt future-proof and this time next year will resort to the same complaints. Quick fix solutions are good, but are not always for the best.

  3. Niran

    HTML5 will be the lowest common denominator. Facebook will not revert back (should not revert back) to HTML5 especially for iPhone/iPad.

    If you need to give good user experience, you should go native. Obviously every app cannot go native and every developer cannot go native. The larger developers will develop native apps on the larger platforms. Rest of the platforms (fragmented) can have the HTML5.

  4. Jois

    I am yet to experience the great speed that is being promised on my iPad, but am disappointed that the quick login icons with profile pics on iPad are now removed. Its a pain to enter login details evertime. Please restore the login icons back for multiple users on iPad. Thank you for giving an exclusive logout link which was earlier hidden inside “settings”

  5. Miguel

    Still no Share button… Fail

  6. superforever

    They remove the multi account login screen on iPad and everytime have to re-type email address.

  7. Rohintan

    Need multi account login screen on iPad than we don’t need to re-type over and over again

  8. Dany D

    I really need the multiple account login, please give us back….
    Thanks

  9. Payroll

    Since the new app the top and bottom of shared pictures seem to be missing when browsing through the timeline.

  10. Dwaine

    I don’t know if it’s just my phone but since I updated the app, there is no in-app screen rotation, which is VERY irritating!

  11. John

    Removing the login picture icons makes Facebook on the iPad a real pain to use. I now have to enter my e-mail each time I want to log in. This is no good.
    An update is supposed to be better, not worse!
    Please restore thr previous version, or at least give the user the option to reinstall the earlier version.

  12. PaulS

    Please please please reinstate the multiple logins, our family uses one iPad and having to constantly re enter logins each time is a complete pain in the ass.

  13. John

    Its naff. I can’t now switch between accounts easily at all. We have a family iPad with 4 Facebook accounts. We have to log on every time where as before we each had an icon requiring a password only.

  14. Sharon

    Just downloaded the new update, We too are one family with 3 fb accounts using one IPad, big pain in the A that the picture icons for each account have been removed. Can’t imagine why it’s been done – unlike! :(

  15. Sara

    Wishi didnt update to this version! It wont let me make any pictures on my profile as my profile picture its like it deleted that option on the photos

  16. Chad's Universe

    This was/is an absolutely terrible ‘update’….

    No Landscape Keyboarding?
    No Profile or Cover Photo change/upload?

    I hope this isn’t some how Facebook taking sides in the technological feud for market supremacy between Apple and Samsung (and everyone else).

  17. mario

    Bring back multi account support!!!! wifey is driving me nuts about this downgrade

  18. Ralph

    “Bring back multi account support!!!! wifey is driving me nuts about this downgrade”

    Same here!!!!

  19. Leslie marquez

    Does this update, let you changed your timeline photo?

  20. Colm

    I agree with a lot of these people here…bring back the multiple account on Facebook..was very handy and people thought it was cool to see it in our family

  21. Steve

    So disappointed that pictured logins are gone. Who ever is updating must not have to share. Un-happy here!

  22. User

    Please reinstate the much needed multiple accounts function in the app. Don’t understand why FB has removed it!!!

  23. Sjoerd

    Please, does anybody know how to reinstall the 4.1.1 app with multiple accounts? This one is terrible.

  24. Charlie Atkins

    Please restore the login icons back for multiple users on iPad.

  25. Kate

    Give us back the multiple logins…. Why not? We are all desperate!

  26. Ashwin

    Please advise when will the multiple user log in page will be reinstated. Please do it soon as it is a huge let done for the upgrade

  27. Barbara

    Please bring back multi account capability. My husband & I share an iPad. It was so nice before to be able to switch back and forth by clicking on our photos. Now I have to put my email & password in every time I want to switch.

  28. Den Ng

    Will you bring back the multiple account feature?

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