Facebook for iPad App Dev Quits In Disgust, Says It Might Never Be Released

Facebook for iPad App Dev Quits In Disgust, Says It Might Never Be Released

Despite Mark Zuckerberg’s assertion that the iPad isn’t a mobiel device, Facebook has been working on a native iPad app com for quite some time. In fact, not only has Facebook been hammering away at it for months, but it was even possible to unlock it on jailbroken iPads using the iPhone version of the app.

So where is it? Back in July, the New York Times said Facebook’s native app would be out in mere weeks. Here it is three months later, and we still don’t have an ETA for something as simple as a native iPad app, even as the world’s biggest social network has announced some of its biggest changes yet at last week’s F8 Conference.

Sick of waiting? You’re not the only one. The lead developer of Facebook for iPad has reportedly just quit the social network in disgust for not releasing the app, which was reportedly feature complete back in May.

Business Insider reports that Facebook engineer Jeff Verkoeyen has taken a job at Google because his native iPad app was never released:

Verkoeyen wrote on his blog today that he was the lead engineer on the Facebook iPad app back in January. He put a ton of time into the app.

It was feature-complete back in May, he writes, but Facebook kept pushing its release out another two weeks, then another. (Feature-complete doesn’t necessarily mean “finished,” but it’s usually the last stage before a public beta test.)

Now, he thinks it “may never be released.”

Strangely, Verkoeyen’s blog entry contains no mention of any of this, which may suggest that it has since been changed since Business Insider went live with its report.

We’ll keep you posted, but everything here groks: we’ve played with the Facebook for iPad app ourselves, we know it exists, and we know it works well. Business Insider speculates that Facebook’s beef with Apple is what is preventing the app’s launch, but I think the more likely explanation is that Zuckerberg’s right, and the website version of Facebook works just fine on the iPad. Ultimately, the social network would rather you be logging in through a web browser than an app, because that way it can serve up ads and change the interface without releasing an update. There’s no real conspiracy here, even if it is frustrating for those of us who have been waiting for months for a native app.

  • FriarNurgle

    I’m ok with everyone quitting Facebook. 

  • Anthony M Perez

    Really, who gives a crap about Facebook?

  • Mike Grunewald

    Google+ is so much better , its new so not as many users but in a few years i do not see facebook at the top anymore

  • Eric Gould

    i’ve never seen any ads on the mobile site 

  • erwinthegreat

    Why did they release an iPhone version if ads is what kept the iPad one from getting a green light, then?

  • Bruce Chapman

    My browser version of Facebook on my iPad looks very different and is less functional than the browser version on my desktop.

  • Bruce Chapman

    My browser version of Facebook on my iPad looks very different and is less functional than the browser version on my desktop.

  • Dave McCarroll

    It doesn’t matter. MyPad for the iPad works just fine!

  • ADimensionOfMind

    Use Google+ instead, simple : ) https://plus.google.com/108832

  • jacklahaie

    There’s a distinct difference between the browser experience on an iPhone compared to an iPad. Obviously, the iPad’s screen is much larger and therefore has room for all of the features found in the desktop version of Facebook. On the iPhone, however, the standard website is cramped and very difficult to use because the screen is smaller. 

  • MacHead

    Facebook has 800 million users! Google + has no pray of competing with that size of a user base. Hipsters can talk about running to google plus all they want, when most users only join because they are 17 and dont want their parents, who are now on facebook, to see the smut they post. 

  • JimmyDavis357

    I just got a $827.89 iPad2 for only $103.37 and my mom got a $1499.99 HTV for only $251.92, they are both coming tomorrow. I would be an idiot to ever pay full retail prîces at places like Walmart or Bestbuy. I sold a 37″ HTV to my boss for $600 that I only paid $78.24 for. I use Gr?bPenny.?om

  • Joe Payne

    The problem with this argument is that Facebook has stripped away the functionality of the “desktop” version displayed on the iPad, making it no more functional than the iPhone app.

    Facebook either needs to restore full functionality to the website, or release a dedicated app optimized for touch.

  • Guest

    “Despite Mark Zuckerberg’s assertion that the iPad isn’t a mobiel” typo- mobile

  • Gerry Kreator

    I use FB pretty heavily and the website doesn’t work very well on the ipad.  for example, try to make a picture your profile picture, or thry to list someone’s friends and you will see how its not completely touch friendly.  for me the iphone app is passable for tasks when out and about, but on the ipad i want to do the stuff i’d do on my desktop.

    i’m keeping my eye on google plus, but they are feuding with apple, and only 1/10 of my friends are on it.

  • dude

    Where is all this teen smut you talk of? Care to share links? ;)

  • Anthony M Perez

    Are you on RedTube? We’re talking about Google+ here.

  • baby_Twitty

    FUCKING HELL, SOMEONE deleted my comment about why APPLE will NEVER integrate FB onto its iDevices.

    WOW CULTOFMAC, loving censorship much?!??!?

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