The new Facebook for iPhone app
launched late today, and I've since been road-testing it. Bringing a whole truckload of new features to the table, including video uploads for the iPhone 3GS only, the ability to finally view pages and events and a totally new look and fresh UI, its hard not to like what developer Joe Hewitt
has done this time round.
The new UI
The old Facebook app was pretty darn ugly. It lacked the "pretty" interface which the new update has, and it was at times easy to get lost after following too many links. Well you'll be pleased to know, there is now a well organised home screen, which provides a great base for exploring Facebook.
An added addition to the Home Screen is the ability to create your own buttons that link to pages and events so you can access them within one touch. Handy, and very efficient. The app now also features some nicer animation effects, and a new button at the bottom of the screen which provides an easy access point to your latest Facebook notifications.
Upload Videos from the iPhone 3G S
This feature was going to be left out of 3.0 and added in 3.1, but Hewitt instead decided to add it in first time around. Not a hugely amazing feature, but handy nevertheless. To upload a video, its as simple as opening the news feed and clicking the camera button. Works well, but its recommended you don't use it when you're not connected to a Wi-Fi network.
Better Photo Management
Photo management was seriously lacking in 2.0, but that has all but been wiped away in this latest version. You can now create and delete albums, delete photos and delete photo tags as well as some more tweaks to make photo tagging a much more pleasant experience.
You can now "Like" something
Since the 2.0 Facebook added the feature to "Like" something. The Facebook app never had support for that feature until now. "Liking" something is as simple as clicking the plus sign at the end of the message and selecting like.
Integration with Pages and Events
You can now view all Facebook Pages (once again lacking in past version) and join events from within the app. If you're a page admin you can update the status of the page, and if you're into joining events on Facebook and using the RSVP feature, then you can expect to enjoy the update.
Other new features
There's far too many features to go through each one separately, but some others include see the same News Feed as the Facebook website, the ability to visit links in a built-in web browser, better search capabilities and a quick call feature to SMS or ring your friends. Landscape mode also made a late entry, just sneaking in before the app was approved to the App Store.
The update is free of charge and now available in the iTunes App Store.