Let’s face it, the Facebook iPhone app is a bit of a dog. It crashes, freezes, runs slow, mixes up people’s headshots, takes forever to load notifications, and is just generally useless. So we should all be happy that Facebook is in the midst of a total overhaul that’s set to launch later this month.
According to sources at the New York Times, Facebook has completely rebuilt the app in order to optimize it for speed. Apparently, the current version is an Objective-C shell around an HTML5 web-app, which is why it runs so slow. The new one is Objective-C through and through. Here’s how Nick Bilton described the app:
I had the opportunity to see the yet-unreleased iPhone application and its fast. Blazing fast. The two developers I spoke with said the new application is currently being tested by Facebook developers and is expected to be updated this summer.
Don’t get too excited, though. The new Facebook app looks exactly like the old one. Facebook hasn’t changed the design, but rather focused on speed.
Even if it looks exactly the same, I’ll be happy with a behind-the-scenes speed boost.