Word has it that Facebook is changing its tune on mobile platforms of all kinds: The social network is reportedly about to unveil its own application created for the iPad, possibly in addition to a rumored app for the iPhone.
While Facebook isn’t commenting, The New York Times‘ technology blog says the company is readying a free and fully optimized Facebook app heavily influenced with design suggestions straight from Mark Zuckerberg himself.
According to the Times, some of the unique features of the new app include:
- A slick design interface that has been tailored for the iPad’s touchscreen.
- An overhaul of Facebook’s chat and groups features.
- Additional features not available on Facebook’s website, that include the ability to shoot video and photos from the iPad’s built-in camera and upload directly to the social networking platform.
In fact, someone who has seen the app told the Times the photo and video experience “amazing.”
The new app could be a real boost to both Apple and Facebook. According to the social network, there are now more than 250 million Facebook users actively accessing the service on a mobile device. Facebook is approaching 700 million users worldwide.
While third-party developers have created their own versions of Facebook for the popular Apple device, many Facebook users have complained that the site still isn’t optimized for the iPad, and iPhone for that matter. That is, until now.
What do you think about Facebook creating its own applications for iPad and iPhone?