Facebook updates for iOS 8

By Justin Lafferty Comment


As Apple rolls out its iOS 8 update, Facebook is following suit, so iPhone and iPad users can have an optimized experience.

Facebook recently announced updates in concert with iOS 8, including easier sharing options, larger assets to accommodate the larger screen and updated location settings.

Adam Mosseri, Facebook’s Product Management Director, described the updates in a Newsroom blog post:

Facebook for iOS 8 will have an improved experience for people who want to share content from other apps to Facebook. By simply tapping the share icon and selecting Facebook, you can choose to share a link to a website from your browser, photos or videos from your camera roll, and content from other apps. Facebook for iOS 8 will have an updated share screen similar to what you already see in the Facebook app. From there, you can select the audience you want to share with, add a location, say what you’re doing, or tag friends.

Mosseri notes that nothing has changed about Facebook’s location settings, but Apple has altered theirs. He stressed that Facebook is not getting any more location data than before:

  • With iOS 8, Apple has changed its Location Services setting. Before, there were only two choices for the kind of permission you could give an app: On or Off. Now, there are three choices: AlwaysWhile Using the App, or Never.
  • When you update to iOS 8, if you previously used Facebook with Location Services set to “On,” you’ll notice that the location setting now starts out at “Always” (the new Apple setting option).

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