Facebook 5.0 For iOS Released; Twice As Fast?

By David Cohen 

Users of Apple iOS devices who feel the need for speed may have their needs met by Facebook 5.0 for iOS, an update released to the iTunes App Store Thursday.

Facebook claimed in its announcement that Facebook 5.0 for iOS is twice as quick as the previous version of the application for actions including launching the app, scrolling through news feed, and opening photos.

Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg was happy with the new app, as well, posting on his page:

We just released a new Facebook app for iPhone and iPad, and it’s a lot faster. Our team completely rewrote it from the ground up to focus on speed. It’s a big step forward.

The social network added in the announcement:

We’ve rebuilt the app from the ground up, so now the app opens much faster, and your news feed and notifications load right when you open Facebook.

As you scroll down your news feed, all of your friends’ stories appear faster than ever. A banner lets you know when new stories come in, and you can tap once to immediately see the latest updates.

Tap on any photo and it opens right away. Pull down to close it with a single swipe.

Readers: Do you find Facebook 5.0 for iOS to be significantly quicker?