Official Facebook app to drop on iPad, steal more of our time

Ladies and gents, an official Facebook app is finally coming to the iPad. That's right, it took Mark Zuckerberg and his squad over a year to make one, and it should light the world on fire just like the social network's iPhone app did back in 2007.

The New York Times is reporting that CEO Zuckerberg is "heavily invested in the process, overseeing design decisions and the app's unique features." The app which will be available within the next couple of weeks is said to be custom-tailored for the iPad, overhaul Facebook Chat and Groups and allow photos and videos to be shot and uploaded (on iPad 2).

Interestingly enough, a free official Facebook app on the iPad would be complete 180 flip from Zuckerberg's stance on tablets since November when he said, "iPad's not mobile, next question. It's a computer, that's a different thing." His reasoning was that because an iPad was a computer, it didn't need an app, and that its regular homepage would do.

Too bad that's not how iPad users actually feel. To iPad users and Apple, the tablet is very much a mobile device and as such needs an interface optimized for the fingers. An official Facebook app on the iPad needs to happen and fast. Even the two-month-old BlackBerry PlayBook has a Facebook app, so what gives?

Perhaps Zuckerberg's finally had a change of heart. For us, we'd say it's about time that an official Facebook app launched because alternatives such as MyPad aren't cutting it.


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