Minutes after the new Facebook for Android updates were revealed, Facebook today updated its iOS app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. You can grab the latest version from the official Apple App Store.
The changelog still shows everything that’s new in the 5.0 release (meaning the native app that was rebuilt from the ground up to be twice as fast). Yet there’s one small, but very important, addition for today’s new 5.0.1 version: “Support for iOS 6 and iPhone 5; bug fixes.”
While Facebook wouldn’t detail anything beyond that (unlike the Android update today), I think it’s safe the change means Facebook for iOS now takes advantage of the iPhone 5’s slightly larger screen. Given that the iPhone 5 is coming out tomorrow, Facebook is just in time.
Unfortunately, since Apple’s latest and greatest isn’t out yet, the screenshots don’t show the new, taller interface. You’ll just have to use your imagination:
I was just saying a few minutes ago how Pinterest updated its app for the iPhone 5, while Facebook and Twitter have not. Two down, one to go.
Given that Facebook is the most popular app for iOS, I’m sure it will be the first thing most new iPhone 5 owners will download. It’s good to see Facebook on the ball, as the company has been quite behind the times with its iOS (and Android) apps. It would appear that version 5.0 (yes, it took that many iterations to get something good) really is a fresh new beginning.
That being said, the new Facebook for Android app out today includes a new design for conversations in Messages that mirrors the redesigned Facebook for Android Messenger app. Facebook has said this will be added to the iOS version soon. The Next Web will be the first to let you know when it is.
I have contacted Facebook to make sure there’s nothing else worth noting in this update. I will update you if and when I hear back.
Update at 5:45PM EST: “We have nothing further to share.”
Update at 6:00PM EST: Facebook Pages Manager for iOS has also been updated with “Bug fixes for iOS 6 and performance updates.” You can grab version 4.1.1 from the official Apple App Store.
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