Zuckerberg Green Lights Facebook App for iPad

Facebook CEP Mark Zuckerberg has apparently had a change of heart and decided the iPad is a mobile device after all because his social networking company has begun work on a native app for Apple’s multimedia tablet.

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The iPad-native Facebook app has been in development for some time, according to the New York Times, and should be available in the next few weeks. Insider sources claim the app lets users read and post on Facebook, participate in Facebook chats, and will include photo and video upload support.

Releasing an iPad-native Facebook app marks a departure from Mr. Zuckerburg’s earlier stance that the tablet isn’t really a mobile device. During a press conference in November 2010 Mr. Zuckerberg claimed that was the reason only an iPhone app was available, and that he wasn’t interested in developing a native app for the iPad.

Word of the alleged iPad-native app comes fresh on the heels of a report that Facebook has plans to develop its own App Store-like service to compete with Apple. The project, dubbed Spartan, will deliver HTML 5-based Web apps and games to iPhone and iPad users wrapped in a Facebook shell running in Mobile Safari.

Facebook’s iPad app will be free and will be distributed through Apple’s iTunes-based App Store.