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Facebook unveils an IOS app update

Now twice as fast, and we test it
Fri Aug 24 2012, 11:32
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THE SOCIAL NETWORK Facebook has released an update for its IOS app, which the website says is now "twice as fast" as the previous version.

According to Facebook, version 5.0 of its IOS app has been rebuilt "from the ground up" so it opens much faster and the news feed and notifications load right up as soon as you open the app.

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"As you scroll down your news feed, all your friends' stories appear faster than ever. A banner lets you know when new stories come in, and you can tap once to immediately see the latest updates," Facebook said in a newsroom post.

The IOS app is notorious for its sluggish behaviour, and has been known for coming to a complete standstill when users want to perform simple tasks such as open photos, read comments, or refresh the news feed.

We put the new Facebook IOS app to the test by running it side-by-side with the previous version on two Ipads. The first noticeable difference is that Facebook has added its Timeline feature. Profiles on the app now replicate those on the desktop version of Facebook. Loading a person's Timeline profile in the updated app now takes a fraction longer than before because there are more graphics to display, but all other features of the updated app seem blazingly fast in comparison.

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For example, touching photos seen in the news feed maximizes them instantly because the photo is opened on the page you are on instead of opening the picture in a new page. The comment box on a photo now also opens up instantly in a larger, more visable box. The photo can then be swiped out of the way to close, landing you right back where you were.

Another updated feature we noticed was the increased speed when scrolling through the news feed, which now is very fast and doesn't require you to stop reading to load another batch of 20 pages, for example.

Facebook's updated IOS app is available now for free from Apple's app store. µ


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