Just about three months ago we had first heard that Facebook, being the app for the Android and iOS and known for being terribly slow, just got a huge update for the iOS. It’s officially here too, and apparently, “yes” is the answer to the question of if it’s a better update. At last the Facebook app isn’t that crappy as much as it was before.
The older client was using an “Objective-C wrapper, around a UIWebview component which would load Facebook’s own raw HTML5 data. That would make it easier for Facebook to change things around on the backend without breaking the app in half at all, though UIWebview is not that fast and has alot of caching problems. And the result is?, the app was then forced to download your whole entire wall every time it would need to do an update, instead of just uploading the newest data.
Facebook version 5.0 for the iOS fixes all of that, and the whole thing has been reworked and recoded from scratch in Objective-C and it now features even more images, and a built-in Facebook Messenger support and some more features.
Facebook talks about the update in saying:
Today we’re announcing an update to the Facebook app for iPhone and iPad that makes keeping up with friends faster and easier. Facebook 5.0 for iOS is twice as fast as the previous version when launching the app, scrolling through news feed and opening photos in feed.
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 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.