说来有点令人难以置信：Facebook竟然花了一年半时间才推出官方iPad应用程序，而从去年起，可靠的Facebook非官方应用客户端Friendly for Facebook就已经开始流行。据称，官方应用的开发工作几度延误，有一个内部测试版还出现过外泄。不过直到今天，Facebook的8亿活跃用户才终于可以开始下载这款程序。
It's hard to believe that it took Facebook a year-and-a-half to release its own iPad app, given that solid third-party alternatives like Friendly for Facebook have been available since last year. The app had reportedly been delayed several times and a build even leaked. Yet only now are the social network's 800 million active users able to download it.
So how is it? We gave the app a quick to spin to find out whether it was the one to rule them all, or just a disappointment.
Downloading the app was simple thanks to Apple's (AAPL) iTunes, though initially getting it to run wasn't. A bug in the first release caused our News Feed to constantly refresh itself every two or three seconds whether we wanted it to or not, and restarting didn't help. Others have reported issues like long loading times or crashes. (For them, Facebook recommends that they reinstall the app.) The constant refreshing on our end rendered the News Feed, and really the whole app, unusable until a software update the next day fixed the problem.
Once you're past the log-in, a screen seemingly optimized for multiple accounts, you're shuttled over to a home screen that presents all your selectable options in a left-hand column: News Feed, Messages, Groups, Apps, account settings and so on. Select the News Feed, and it appears instantly on on the right-hand side; swipe to your left, and it'll occupy the entire screen. A slim blue bar resembling Facebook's desktop web experience and the recently-updated iPhone app remains up top the entire time, with a home button and icons for notifications, messages and friend requests.
The new look isn't very flashy, but it's clean and works extremely well. Where the smartphone apps emphasize text for on-the-go consumption, the iPad app leverages the iPad's larger screen and highlights photos and videos beautifully.
Select the friends tab, and you'll see for yourself. In the iOS version, that scrollable list of Facebook friends is dominated by friends' names alongside tiny, sometimes inscrutable, profile images. On the iPad, those images have been blown out to easily nine times the size, so your eyes gravitate to the images first, and the names second. Hence, you're more likely to linger and glance at profile photos you probably wouldn't have cared as much about if you were doing the same thing on your phone.
Wading through photo albums is also generally more fun on the iPad. There's a scrubber bar that lets you quickly skim through tens of images. You can also pinch to zoom in as well as to jump back to all the images in a given album.