Facebook for iPhone 3.0: Almost Ready for Release

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Facebook for iPhone 3.0, which will include a spate of new features like Page updating, video uploading, events, likes, and the “new” News Feed, is almost ready for release, according to Facebook’s Joe Hewitt. According to Hewitt, the finishing touches on the app – like translating it into several languages and dropping in updated icons – are “99%” done. However, even when the app is finished, it still needs to be approved for release by the Apple app store team – a process which might take some time.

With nearly 12 million monthly active users, Facebook for iPhone has become one of the most important ways users access Facebook through mobile devices. Facebook for iPhone is now used by nearly 25% of all iPhone owners.

70% of Facebook’s 250 million total users are outside the United States. Facebook’s efforts to translate Facebook for iPhone 3.0 into more languages should help it spread even more. Only about 50% of iPhone and iPod Touch users are in the United States.

What else will be coming in the new version? Here’s a list from Hewitt from earlier this summer:

1. The “new” News Feed
2. Like
3. Events (including the ability to RSVP)
4. Notes
5. Pages
6. Create new photo albums
7. Upload photos to any album
8. Zoom into photos
9. Easier photo tagging
10. Profile Pictures albums
11. A new home screen for easy access to all your stuff, search, and notifications
12. Add your favorite profiles and pages to the home screen
13. Better Notifications (they link to the comments so you can reply)
14. Quickly call or text people right from the Friends page
15. Messages you are typing will be restored if you quit or are interrupted by a phone call

However, Push Notifications will not be included until Version 3.1. This is ironically probably a good thing for Apple, because from what we’ve heard from other iPhone app developers, an app of Facebook’s scale could put pretty significant stress on Apple’s infrastructure.

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