Facebook iPad app secretly revealed

Posted by Raven Lovecraft

An iPad-specific version of Facebook's official iOS app has been discovered.

Some clever Apple fanatics managed to discover that code for the iPad version of the long-awaited official Apple Facebook app was embedded within the code of the iPhone app, which was released earlier this year.

The discovery occurred after Facebook released an update to the iPhone app, which included a handful of minor changes to the untrained eye, but obviously it also updated the app such that it now uses the same kind of code for both iPhone and iPad content.

Tech Crunch reports that the leaked iPad version of the app will have a special menu on the left-hand side of the screen for seamless access to all of the social network site's main features.

In addition, the site found that the code itself has changed from a proprietary iOS format to a combination of native code and HTML5, which is a more universal Web-based language.

It seems as though the app is started to bleed into the experience users will have if they simply go to Facebook.com from the iPad's Web browser.

Earlier this year, it was reported that Facebook is working on overhauling its website so that users who go to the site on an iPad will have a special kind of experience - it's almost as if Facebook is building its own platform specifically for iPad users.

This comes after the social network had seemingly snubbed Apple, offering very little in the way of official support for the iPhone and iPad, but it appears as though there was just a lot of stuff going on behind the scenes.

Facebook has not revealed any details about when it plans to launch the long-awaited official iPad app, but given how complete the hidden code within the new iPhone app is, it seems likely the release will happen soon.