The official Facebook iOS app for iPod, iPhone and iPad has always been painfully slow, especially when connected to WiFi. The last thing you need when killing time on Facebook is for it to be sluggish. At last, it has been improved.
A recent update from Facebook has finally fixed this problem, of course there is a few other extra updates and changes but this is the largest. I am sure most of you Apple device users out there use Facebook on a fairly regular basis, I certainly do. The Facebook App has always been very slow to do the most basic functions, many people use other ‘unofficial’ apps for Facebook like MyPad as a result.
I am not sure why it has taken Facebook so long but I am sure they would have received a lot of negative feedback about the original App. In my last post, I mentioned that Facebook has been sliding downwards on the sharemarket. Perhaps this update is an atempt to restore their reliable reputation and raise their share value. I predict a slight increase in Facebook shares over the next few weeks.
The other visible adjustment that has been made can be seen in this screen shot
from TUAW. The amount of new stories updates live as you scroll through. Clicking on the banner will take you right up to the first new story.
This new update is the biggest from Facebook since the introduction of the Timeline feature. In my opinion it will make Facebook on an iOS device a lot more enjoyable for all users, and it will certainly have positive effects for the company.