It’s been a long time coming, but Facebook has finally released an official iPad app. Users have been able to run the iPhone app on an iPad, but let’s be honest — it looks awful on a 9.7 inch display. The new iPad app has been designed to take advantage of the extra screen real estate and give you access to most of the important features available from the Facebook website.
There’s a new multi-pane view, with a menu bar on the left side that lets you navigate to your news feed, photos, messages, or other areas. There are also two-panel views in several different sections. For instance, the Messages section shows a list of conversations on the left and details of your messages on the right. Notifications show up in a sort of pop-up menu that displays over the top of any screen you’re currently on when you tap the notification icon.
You can also view photos or videos or play games in full screen mode.
The new iPad app isn’t the first tablet-friendly Facebook app. The company released an app for the discontinued HP TouchPad tablet this summer. But there’s still no Facebook app available for Android tablets.
Facebook for iPad is available as a free download from the App Store.