Facebook unveils a faster, overhauled iPhone app
Access Facebook on an Apple iPad or iPhone? Your life is about to get a whole lot easier. Now Facebook photos will load instantly.
In a post to the Facebook blog, Mick Johnson, a product manager at Facebook, said the new app runs twice as fast as previous versions. "We’ve rebuilt the app from the ground up, so now the app opens much faster and your news feed and notifications load right when you open Facebook," Johnson wrote.
Facebook has attributed the increased speed of the app to the use of the Apple iOS 5 software development kit, or SDK – Facebook had previously relied on HTML 5, which had been panned as "freakishly slow." In an interview with All Things D, Johnson of Facebook seemed to agree. "Problem is, HTML5 is a technology that, while promising in the long run, isn’t able to deliver the type of speed and performance we expect right now," Johnson said.
In related news, Facebook stock hit $19.69 last week – a new low. According to Businessweek, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is now worth $10.2 billion, down approximately $10 billion since the social network first went public.