A staple for many, the often maligned Facebook app for iOS received a major update today. In fact, the app was completely rebuilt as a native iOS app. As a result, version 5.0 promises a much faster experience. There are also several new features that you can expect with this update.
- Scrolling through news feed is faster than ever
- New banner lets you tap to quickly see more stories – no need to refresh
- Photos open fast and close with one downward swipe
- Instant access to your notifications
App Store reviews have been decidedly positive since the update was released earlier today. The speed improvements are noticeable, if only because the previous version of Facebook had a propensity to be dog slow. When you swipe down on a photo it neatly pops back into your timeline, which is a very nice UI touch. The app itself feels slightly more polished, retaining much of overall look and feel.
If you are a casual or frequent Facebook user, you’ll want to download this app.