Tech world is full of secrets and there are some enthusiasts who love to dig out these secrets. Same thing happened with Facebook yesterday. Facebook’s long awaited iPad app was already built and released without any announcement. Yes, it’s code is hidden inside Facebook’s iPhone app.
It all started when Facebook announced small update for their iPhone app yesterday. Version 3.4.4 seemed like a small version that restored the “Send” button for comments and chat among a few other little things. The update should have been smaller in size looking at the changes Facebook made but it was not. The update size was big enough to draw attention of A Canadian engineering student, Marvin Bernal, who calls himself an “iOS Enthusiast” actually noticed this Facebook mistake almost immediately and tweeted about it.
The iPad app is written in HTML5 and takes advantages of native iPad features. The navigation is pretty cool and is much better than that of iPhone app. It uses a left-side menu system that can be accessed by the touch of a button or the flick of the iPad screen. The app also makes great use of the pop-overs (overlay menus) found in other iPad apps. When you flip the iPad horizontally, the list of your online friends appears and you can chat with them as you do other things on Facebook.