Facebook issued an update to its iPhone application last night, and while it introduces a number of nice new features, it also removes all code related to the iPad version — meaning you can no longer install the official Facebook app for iPad before its release.
Prior to the release of version 3.5, the Facebook app for iPhone included some hidden code for the app’s iPad counterpart. Once this was discovered, hackers dreamt up a number of different ways in which users could install the official Facebook app for iPad using the iPhone release. However, that’s no longer a possibility, because the iPad code just isn’t there anymore.
However, that’s not the only thing to happen with this update; Facebook has also introduced some nice new features:
What’s New in Version 3.5
Made it easier to share with who you want
– Added the ability to tag friends and places in posts
– Added the ability to share external links from a web view
– Added new design for Profile and Group Walls
– Improved the sharing tool to add privacy controls on posts and match your settings on the web site
Improvements and bug fixes:
– Improved Notifications speed
– Fixed a number of Chat bugs
– Made it easier to select filters in News Feed
– Fixed a bug with the Notifications bar disappearing
– Fixed a number of Photos bugs
– Improved performance and stability overall
Of course, if you’re interested in installing the Facebook app on your iPad, and you haven’t already done it, steer clear of this version for the time being.
This question we’re asking now is this: Was this simply to prevent users from installing the iPad app prior to its official release, or does this mean the iPad version is nowhere near ready for the App Store?