Facebook developers are working on major updates to both the main Facebook app for iPhone and the Messenger app, this according to a new report from Mark Gurman at 9to5Mac. The projects are being led by Greg Novick, a former engineer at Apple who played a key role in developing both the Mail and Phone apps, along with working on the original iPhone software. The update to the primary Facebook app will now integrate the companies Graph Search tool.
Graph Search allows users to find friends with similar interests, or have shared photos from a particular location. For example, find friends who like roller skating would produce a list of friends who share that interest. The searches can be different from what you’d typically ask a search engine, with the focus more on your friends. “What movie should I see?” can produce results based on the interests of your friends. The new Facebook app will incorporate Graph Search in the main search bar.
The updates also extend to Messenger, with two versions currently in testing, with one having iOS 7 design sensibilities (plenty of white space), likely to ship. At the bottom, there are tabs for recent/active chats, contacts and settings. It will also benefit from integration with your contacts. This will all come neatly wrapped with a new blue chat-bubble icon, outlined in white.