Your average iPad-owning Facebook user probably hasn’t been too bothered by the iOS version of the social networking site. However, the developers have been. They’ve been working for the past six months to get the app to run faster than ever and today, their dreams are real.
Version 5.0 brings faster load times, smoother news feeds and a banner that lets you see news without having to refresh your app.
The Verge spoke with Facebook iOS Production Manager Mick Johnson. He said the previous version of the app was built on HTML coding, but this update revamps the entire system using Apple’s SDK. “We’ve become aware that while we have a great mobile website, embedding HTML 5 inside an app isn’t what people expect,” Johnson said.
According to The Verge, Facebook’s recent releases, Facebook Camera and Facebook Messenger were both built using Apple’s iOS SDK in part to gauge public reaction to native applications.
The “New Stories” banner that has been added in version 5.0 appears at the top of the screen while you are browsing news feeds. This banner allows users to be constantly in touch with new posts without having to pull down to refresh.
The update is free as is the native Facebook app. You can download it in the App Store today.