The Next Update For Facebook’s IPhone App: Speed

By Justin Lafferty 

Apple’s iOS 6 will come with more Facebook integration for the iPhone and iPad. Luckily for iPhone users, the next version of the Facebook app will also be faster, according to The New York Times‘ technology blog, Bits.

Two Facebook engineers who asked to remain anonymous told Times writer Nick Bilton that later this summer, the app will be completely rebuilt for speed. Bilton writes:

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. Many of the components of the current version of the Facebook app are built using HTML5, a Web-based programming language.

The current version of the app is essentially an Objective-C shell with a Web browser inside. When it comes to speed, this is like putting the engine of a Smart Car in the body of a Ferrari.

Bilton had the chance to give the upgraded iPhone app a spin and called it “blazing fast.” However, despite the increased speed, Bilton said not much has changed design-wise.

Readers: Are you excited that the next update of the Facebook iPhone app will be faster? What else would you like engineers to improve?

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