Yesterday, Facebook hosted a media event to announce the company’s plans to tie local business advertising into its Places functionality, but at the Q&A following the event, CEO Mark Zuckerberg made a surprising claim: the iPad’s not mobile.
The characterization came after an attendee asked Zuckerberg when the iPad would get a native Facebook app.
The answer? Never. Facebook expects you to use the Facebook website on the iPad. And why? Because Facebook only makes app for mobile devices, and “the iPad’s not mobile… it’s a computer.”
We’re sure Steve Jobs would disagree… and after he said it, it seems like Zuckerberg realized he was risking the ire of the man himself, quickly clarifying that he wasn’t trying to be rude to Apple and that “we all love Apple products,” but that the “iPad just isn’t mobile in the same way.”
I think the iPad is certainly more mobile than even a laptop, but I have to say, Zuckerberg at least has a point about a native iPad app: while the iPhone’s screen is simply too small to use the regular Facebook site, there’s absolutely no reason not to use Facebook’s regular website on the iPad.