Facebook Creating iPad App!
The day is finally fast approaching for Facebook to launch its very own iPad app! All I can say is ‘About Time!’ Well, there’s more to say, but clearly my excitement is overcoming me. The iPad has been on sale for over a year with even a second addition! Last week, rumors started circling that Facebook’s plans for a Web-based browsing platform called Project Spartan that is catered toward mobile users is in the works. The platform will be able to be used on the mobile version of Safari. With a Web platform, Facebook wouldn’t have to follow Apple’s strict app rules but could still offer users of the iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone a mobile way to access the social network. Even with a well designed Web platform, the company still needed an official app for iPad or they would miss out on a large market of users who primarily browse the Internet on their iPad and don’t want to use a mobile browser. The are currently over 250 million Facebook users who access the service via mobile apps, so it necessary for the company unveil something like this. According to the New York Times, the iPad app has been in production for about a year, basically since the iPad was first released, and has been optimized for the device’s touch screen interface. Facebook Chat and Facebook Groups have been completely overhauled and users will be able to upload photos and videos directly to the social network from the built-in cameras in their iPad (iPad 2 only). Mark Zuckerburg has personally invested his own time in the project, overseeing everything from the design to specific app features. This could be a big move for both Facebook and Apple. What do you think?