Facebook has been rumoured to be working on a native iPad app since the launch of the first generation iPad however, the company has not shown any eagerness to release the app for the iPad. The iPhone version was recently updated to fix a bug and now a simple hack could let you explore the unannounced iPad app.
MG Siegler of TechCrunch earlier reported on the leak and published photos of the iPad version. The hack involves editing the info.plist file and you can easily do that even without a jailbreak. We have been using the Facebook app for iPad for a little while and found the interface to be quite similar to some of the paid third party Facebook apps available on the App Store.
The app features column views when the device is held vertically where the left side has all the view controls (News feed, Messages, Photos etc.) and the right side displays the selected view. The app seems to present HTML view of the content as sometimes it does not fit well on the screen and you have to scroll to view the status updates or comment.
Photos have been revamped and now appear just as native Photos.app on the iPad. Places shows a large map and you can see all your friends who have checked in nearby. The app also allows you chat with your friends and shows a list of online friends on the right.
Obviously, the leaked version might not be the final version Facebook was hoping to release. However, as the photos have been leaked and news widely reported Facebook might just have to hurry and ship the iPad version earlier than they had originally planned.
It appears that Facebook has started blocking users from using the iPad version as new sign-in’s are getting errors. If you’ve already tweaked the info.plist and want to continue using the iPad version then you’re advised to not log out.