Slow and steady wins the race is history. The need for speed is the need
of the hour not just for techies, but users everywhere. Facebook has
finally realised this fact and updated its iOS client to version 5,
which has bid adieu to HTML 5 and says hello to Objective-C.
social networking app is now twice as fast with Photos, News Feed and
the app itself launching quicker than ever. With this update, iPad users
can now access the Timeline profile view.
The app has been built
from scratch over the past nine months to bring a major performance
improvement. We take a detailed look at what's new under the hood.
when you launch the app, it opens in the blink of an eye as opposed to
earlier when you would continue to stare at the logo for a couple of
seconds at least. It directly opens into the News Feed, which is more
responsive and speedier than before. The navigation bar now slides out
with a punch.
All the options in the sidebar like Messages,
Events, Groups, App Center and others now load smoother and faster.
Coming to News Feed, you can now scroll through stories in a breeze. The
refresh rate is faster too. If you're in the midst of reading stories,
new updates published by friends will appear in a banner on top of the
screen as "New Stories". A "New Comments" bar will also show up immediately when you're
browsing though individual posts.
Photos is another area where the
app truly delivers. Apart from the fact that Photos now load faster,
elements from Facebook's standalone Camera app are clearly visible when
it comes to both form and function. The base shows options to like,
comment and tag photos. For single-handed use, you can now simply swipe
down to return to the previous screen.
Messages got a whole new
look and its safe to say that it now functions just like Facebook
Messenger. The interface and other features are a ditto version of the
Messenger app including the ability to share photos and your location.
no doubt that the speedier app will be highly appreciated by millions
of Facebook users. In case you've been neglecting the app for its
painfully slow load times and crippled speed, we suggest you befriend
Facebook in its all new faster native iOS avatar.
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