Facebook 5.0 for iOS Adds Faster Performance

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Facebook announced on Thursday the release of Facebook 5.0 for iOS, a new version of the social networking giant’s app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The company billed the update as a being faster and easier to use, with faster scrolling, faster photo viewing, and faster access to notifications.

Facebook 5 Photo Viewing

Photo Viewing with Facebook 5

“Today we’re announcing an update to the Facebook app for iPhone and iPad that makes keeping up with friends faster and easier,” Mick Johnson, iOS product manager for Facebook, said in a blog post. “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.”

Patch notes for the release:

  • We’ve rebuilt the app so it’s faster and easier to use.
  • Scrolling through news feed is faster than ever
  • New banner lets you tap to quickly see more stories – no need to refresh
  • Photos open fast and close with one downward swipe
  • Instant access to your notifications

Facebook for iOS is a hybrid app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. It’s a free app, which means the update is free, and it’s available now on the App Store.



You STILL can’t “share” a photo or link to your own timeline with FB Mobile. Why? Why? Why!!!!!

Lee Dronick

Spot on Tiger. I suppose that they want us to use a browser so that they can better serve up ads.

Lee Dronick

I suppose that I will get used to it, but it is rather cheesy. Comment window spinning around when they open and close, Like counters magnifying, navigation buttons hide and reappear.

Paul Goodwin

It certainly seems faster, and maybe a little better overall than the prior app, but yes the app is not near as good as using FB in a browser. Except in the browser, you can’t upload photos because it requires Flash. Jaheezus. When wil they ever learn? When will they ever learn? And now not only is Flash a processor hog, I was running Adobe Acrobat Reader on my wife’s 2006 MBP the other night, and within 20 seconds, the cooling fans were headed toward max rpm.

Lee Dronick

Paul I will have to look into the need for Flash when uploading via the browser, I don’t remember that being the case. However, it has been a long time since I tried that, usually I upload via Aperture.

Paul Goodwin

FB is a mess on the iPad. You can’t do everything from either the app or the browser. Each has pluses and minuses. It’s pretty good on Safari on my iMac, but whenever I’m on Facebook, I’m usually out on the deck with the iPad. I wish more iOS users would send feedback to Facebook. They’ve had the same problems since I’ve owned the iPad (about 15 months now), and surely for much longer on the iPhone. I’ll try using this new FB app for a whole to see if I can learn to like it. I didn’t like the last version at all. Pretty much all the free apps that I’ve tried that have a good browser version are a big disappointment after using the browser version.


It is faster. BUT photos are TOO big in the “timeline”. I hope this is a but that wii get fixed. Doesnt FB have quality control to check apps before they are released?

Paul Goodwin

Yeah RickK, the photos don’t even fit in the frame behind them.  As for quality control, I guess we’re getting what we’re paying for but you’d think someone would have seen that !!!


Just realised how seldom I use Facepalm…er Facebook on my iPhone. Almost never, although more on the iPad.

If I hadn’t been alerted to it by the announcement yesterday, I’m not sure I’d have noticed the speed boost; which probably only reflects my poor use of the site (primarily to check on my kids and make sure they stay out of trouble).

Lee Dronick

Yes the photos are too large for the column. It almost looks like it has broken CSS, but I think that they did it on purpose, for what purpose I can not fathom.

In landscape mode I can’t find a way to hide the righthand column of who is online. It is not displayed in portrait mode, but that orientation does not rest well on my lap.

It seems that the height of the comment window can vary. Last evening when commenting on a friend’s post I was only given 1 line in which to type, but I could see half a dozen previous comments. Give me a bigger comment window so that I can better format my comments though that is pretty much limited to white space.

Overall it is very esthetically challenged, that it is what happens when you don’t take a calligraphy course.

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