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This article was published on May 13, 2013

Facebook for iOS gets new photo options, improved places editing, faster event loading, and new News Feed

Facebook for iOS gets new photo options, improved places editing, faster event loading, and new News Feed Image by: AFP/Getty Images

Facebook on Monday updated its native iOS app with new photo viewer options, improvements to Places and Events on the iPhone, as well as the new News Feed. You can grab the latest version now from Apple’s App Store.

When viewing a photo, you can now directly save and share it (previously you could only Like, comment on, or tag friends in it). You can also now directly set a photo as your profile picture, though you’ll probably (and hopefully) be using this option a little less frequently than the others.


The next two updates are specifically for the iPhone. Facebook says it has improved Places editing when you’re checking in on Apple’s flagship device and improved the load times for Events. The former will only be useful for those who check in often but faster Events is likely a much-wanted improvement for all.

The full Facebook 6.1 for iOS changelog is as follows:

  • Photo viewer button lets you save, share or make profile picture.
  • Improved places editing when checking in on iPhone.
  • Events load faster on iPhone.

Interestingly, iOS users are reporting that this Facebook update has a beta-like icon. Furthermore, those who have downloaded the latest version of the app are seeing the new News Feed. Given that this isn’t in the changelog, we think the two may be related.

Either way, we have confirmed that both are showing up for us on the iPhone and the iPad.

Here’s the beta icon:


Here’s the new News Feed:



We have contacted Facebook for more information. We will update this article if we hear back.

Update: Facebook pushed out another update to remove the beta icon.

Top Image Credit: Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images

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