Facebook working on faster iOS app

Macworld Australia Staff
28 June, 2012
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Facebook is leaving HTML5 behind in search of a more responsive iOS app according to a report in The New York Times.

The Facebook iOS app has been criticised for its slow and issue-filled history, and Facebook engineers are working to fix the current flaws by moving away from HTML5 programming language the report said.

“One of the Facebook engineers said the new application has been built primarily using Objective-C, the programming language used to build applications for iOS,” The New York Times’ Nick Bilton writes.

While the new Facebook app “looks exactly like the old one”, it will run a lot faster for iOS users after the redesign.

“I had the opportunity to see the yet-unreleased iPhone application and it’s 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 [winter],” Bilton added.

Apple announced at WWDC that Mountain Lion will offer increased Facebook integration with built-in sharing and support features.

Facebook also announced its first female board member, with newly appointed Sheryl Sandberg taking on the role of the company’s Chief Operating Officer yesterday.



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