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.