The Facebook app for the iPad has snuck into the light of day -- hidden inside the iPhone app, of all places. The hotly anticipated app, built in HTML5, makes use of the extra space on the iPad screen to bring you all the Facebook features you know and love from when you were supposed to be working, sleeping or doing something productive.
The iPad app is hidden inside the code of the latest update to the iPhone app, like a kind of inside-out Russian doll. TechCrunch tried out the app, exploring the slate-sized version of everybody's favourite social network.
Facebook version 3.4.4 for iPhone claims to fix some bugs and improve performance, just like the Trojans thought a big wooden horse would solve all their problems. Instead, with a few changes to your iPad, you can have a tablet-sized Facebook experience spilling onto your tablet like a horde of angry Greeks with sharp swords and several bad cases of cramp.
The app takes advantage of the iPad's larger screen with assorted views that make better use of the space available. A sidebar on the left is hidden and revealed with the swipe of a fingertip, and, when you turn the tablet to landscape view, a list of all your friends appears to chat with.
Your list of friends displays giant thumbnails so you can see who's who. Places locates your friends on a map to show where they are.
Keen to get poking on your iPad? Hold your horses, Hasty McPrecipitous. You have to jailbreak your iPad, which makes Steve Jobs cry and then stamp on a puppy. But if you're determined to try out the Facebook goodness or just really hate puppies, go ahead and jailbreak your slate, get an app called iFile from outlaw app store Cydia, and change a one to a two in the Facebook app's settings. Turn your iPad off and on again and you're golden. Redmond Pie has the full instructions.
The presence of the iPad code in the iPhone app suggests the tablet app is near completion, so you should be statusing and stalking on your slate within weeks anyway. What features would you like to see in a Facebook app? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below or on our Facebook page.
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